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Cold supply chain challenge a big hurdle for equitable Covid-19 vaccination

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are a great start that should be celebrated, but they rely on a complicated supply chain of freezers and temperature-controlled shipping methods

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Coronavirus Vaccine | Pfizer | Coronavirus

Timothy Ford Charles M. Schweik | The Conversation 

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Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines need to be kept frozen and must rely on the cold chain to get anywhere.

There are few places in the U.S. that are unreachable by road, but other factors – many rural hospitals can’t afford ultralow-temperature freezers or might not have reliable electricity, for example – present challenges. However, with government will and resources, these could be overcome.

That is not true for much of the rest of the world.

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First Published: Wed, January 06 2021. 10:19 IST
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