Pfizer is transporting the Corona vaccine by air … and concerns about its distribution and hospital infrastructure threaten the hope of the world
Finally, preparations have begun in full swing between the German company Biontec and the German Pfizer to start distributing the vaccine designed to confront the Corona pandemic as soon as the approval of the competent authorities is obtained, after the two companies announced that they will start launching the vaccine next December.
Informed sources explained to the “Wall Street Journal” earlier, that those initial trips were launched within a wide global supply chain, which is being planned, to meet any difficulties or challenges that may hinder the delivery of the vaccine, especially as it requires specific storage conditions.
70 below zero … Global vaccine storage stations
According to the storage requirements, the distribution plan is based on refrigerated storage sites in the final assembly centers which have been deployed in several places such as Michigan in the United States, and Port in Belgium, among others.
The plan also includes adding storage capacity at other distribution sites such as “Karlsruhe” in Germany, in addition to programming dozens of flights and hundreds of road trips daily.
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According to the “Wall Street Journal,” the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that it is working with airlines to transport vaccines safely. United said it had obtained permission to carry more dry ice than is normally allowed during flights, to maintain the very low temperatures required by the conditions for keeping the vaccine and transporting it, which are not less than minus 70 degrees.
Last week, Pfizer had requested permission from the United States authorities to use an emergency use of the Covid-19 vaccine, which it developed with the German company Biontech, coinciding with a sharp increase in cases and deaths of the disease in the United States and other regions around the world.
Hancock cautions: The challenges of storage and hospital infrastructure
The process of transporting the vaccine to long distances is not easy, as Pfizer confirmed that its vaccine requires exceptional heat that is not required for storing other vaccines. The British Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, mentioned during a television interview a very important obstacle to the way to transport the Corona vaccine designed by “Pfizer and Biontec”, from the place of its manufacture as well as to the people who will obtain it.
The British minister stressed the need to keep the vaccine, which represents hope for millions around the world, at a temperature of 70 degrees below zero, explaining that it cannot be placed at a higher temperature more than four times during its transport trip.
The storage and transportation challenges remain a big problem for many countries, as the vast majority of vaccines do not need a low temperature in the process of storing them, which means that the hospital infrastructure does not provide this potential, and therefore it will not be able to deal with this new vaccine.