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Spain: Company develops ultra-cold boxes to store COVID vaccines04:00

Spain: Company develops ultra-cold boxes to store COVID vaccines

Spain, Alcobendas
November 30, 2020 at 20:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Spanish distribution company developed a packaging system designed to store COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines at between minus 80 and minus 70 degrees Celsius (-112F and -94F), as seen in the company lab in Alcobendas, near Madrid, on Monday.

Lab workers from A+P Group could be seen connecting termographs to vials simulating vaccines, and pouring dry ice into a refrigerated box. The cooling is monitored in real-time by computers that keep the temperature at the same level for up to 48 hours.

Technical Director Jose Enrique Gomez explained that a "qualified packaging" is necessary to transport the vaccines because "there aren't trucks" nor "not enough infrastructure for this -70 [degrees Celsius] transportation."

As the distribution size of the vaccines is still uncertain, the lab is already preparing different packaging alternatives. "We still don't know in which size they'll distribute the doses, that's why we're doing it in different sizes. Our idea is to have everything ready by January," Gomez said.

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A Spanish distribution company developed a packaging system designed to store COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines at between minus 80 and minus 70 degrees Celsius (-112F and -94F), as seen in the company lab in Alcobendas, near Madrid, on Monday.

Lab workers from A+P Group could be seen connecting termographs to vials simulating vaccines, and pouring dry ice into a refrigerated box. The cooling is monitored in real-time by computers that keep the temperature at the same level for up to 48 hours.

Technical Director Jose Enrique Gomez explained that a "qualified packaging" is necessary to transport the vaccines because "there aren't trucks" nor "not enough infrastructure for this -70 [degrees Celsius] transportation."

As the distribution size of the vaccines is still uncertain, the lab is already preparing different packaging alternatives. "We still don't know in which size they'll distribute the doses, that's why we're doing it in different sizes. Our idea is to have everything ready by January," Gomez said.

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