Putting vaccines to use with an ultra-cold chain (UCC) system - A briefing for country and programme focal points
Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented human and economic costs. The solution to saving lives, ending the pandemic and preventing future epidemics likely lies in the development and administration of a safe and effective vaccine against the COVID-19 virus. More than a hundred COVID-19 vaccine candidates are in the research and development pipeline. Some of them—especially the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccine types—may need to be kept at ultra-low temperatures (ULTs) to maintain their potency. This poses additional challenges to cold chain storage and transport, especially in areas without major transport links, refrigeration facilities or stable power supplies.
Added on: 21 January, 2021