Other providers use active powered cooling components to provide safe packaging for the corona vaccine. However, electric power must always be available throughout the entire transportation and storage period for this, which is tough to implement in remote corners of the globe such as Africa or South America. Here, mobile transportation solutions are advantageous as they also ensure that the hotly anticipated corona vaccines safely get to where they are urgently needed, even in a heat wave. In any case, the temperature must be constantly measured in degrees and documented by intelligent packaging and sensors over the entire transportation route and beyond. Refrigerators must also be available in the warehouses so that the cooling chain is not interrupted
15 MILLION COOLING BOXES ON 200,000 PALLETS
A study by the DHL logistics group and McKinsey, a consulting company, in conjunction with non-governmental organisations, made it clear that the challenges involved in distributing the vaccine were very great indeed: To dispatch 10 billion units of the vaccine, 15 million cooling boxes need to be transported on around 200,000 pallets, in 15,000 cargo flights. “It’s no small feat to ensure that such a vital consignment can be transported around the world and delivered at -80°C,” explains Katja Busch, in discussion with the news agency Reuters. Busch knows what she’s talking about: as Chief Commercial Officer at DHL, she also attends to customers in the pharmaceutical industry.