After the events of 2020, the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine has been a source of hope for many wanting to get back to a sort of normalcy in a post-COVID world.
For Australia, two types of vaccines have been secured and are set to roll out in the coming months.
However, this is just the first step in the process… getting the vaccine distributed is another matter entirely.
Vaccines need to be kept at specific temperatures, meaning it is crucial that there are no breaks in the ‘cold chain’ so that they remain fit for human use. While standard cold-chain vaccines require temperatures between 2C and 8C, the Pfizer vaccine is particularly difficult to transport as it requires storage below -70C.
Maintaining this temperature while traveling through the harsh Australian sun won’t be an easy task…
What Is The Cold Chain?
The cold chain is the system of distributing goods and products that require storage at a low temperature.
This usually applies to fresh produce, meat and dairy products as they are shipped from their supplier to the customer. Refrigerated Trucks and Mobile Cold Rooms are utilised to ensure they are always kept at the right temperature so that the cold chain remains unbroken, avoiding bacterial growth or expiration.
Avoiding an unbroken cold chain is even more crucial when it comes to the COVID vaccine.
If the temperature is not maintained, the vaccine is likely to degrade or become contaminated with bacteria.
This will apply throughout its long journey from when it comes off the production line in Michigan and Belgium, to when it is thawed and administered here in Australia.
What Are The Challenges?
With so much riding on distributing this vaccine, ensuring none of them are compromised will need to be the number one priority.
There are a few factors that will make this task an even bigger challenge:
- Its extremely low required storage temperature
- The quantity of vaccines
- The distance it will need to travel
Add in the potential for human error and technological failures and there will be a lot to consider for the distribution, logistics and tracking companies involved in the transport.
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