With a new year firmly on the horizon, it is fair to say that there won’t be many people who will look back on 2020 with any degree of fondness. It has been an extremely difficult and turbulent year, which has had a profound effect on every industry and every element of day-to-day life.
However, the latest developments and the positive headlines concerning several effective vaccines - including the recently approved Pfizer/BioNTech immunisation - is a welcome tonic as we head towards 2021.
Vaccine transportation temperature
The first shipments of this particular vaccine reached UK shores this week, before they were transported to NHS locations to be stored at temperatures below -70 degrees Celsius in order to remain effective.
Now, with plans in place to provide vaccinations to some of our amazing key workers and the most vulnerable from this week, we all hope that a sense of normality will soon return.
However, as more shipments arrive in the UK over the coming weeks and months, and many millions of people will require the vaccine across every corner of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, a number of complex logistical challenges will need to be resolved with regards to vaccine transportation – including how to deliver the batches to tens of thousands of local communities at extremely cold temperatures.
Using dry ice for vaccine storage and cold chain management
At CryoGen, we are absolutely certain that dry ice can play a vital role in ensuring that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination can be transported effectively from any production or storage facility through to the final mile delivery destination - be that a local GP surgery, hospital or any purpose-built vaccination centre.
Therefore, over the last few weeks, we have liaised closely with our trusted partner Cold Jet, the global leader in dry ice manufacturing systems, to further extend our long-standing relationship to provide the UK’s vaccine cold supply chain (comprising of numerous businesses operating within pharmaceutical and logistics sectors) with more seamless, efficient and cost-effective access to dry ice.
As part of this agreement, we will now be offering Cold Jet’s Dry Ice Production Hub, which is capable of making and packing up to 120kg of dry ice pellets per hour. The mobile system - measuring 2.99m x 2.45m x 2.9m - enables easy set up and handling of dry ice production, and is ready to use by supplying electrical power, liquid CO2 and instrument air, as a mobile solution.
You’ll also be pleased to know that, as Cold Jet’s UK partner for installation, servicing and maintenance of this system, we can offer extremely quick lead times without compromising on quality.
By Rob Mesure, Commercial Director, CryoGen