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India’s vaccine drive will need 100,000 fridges, 11,500 refrigerated trucks, a cold-chain evolution

India’s vaccine drive will need 100,000 fridges, 11,500 refrigerated trucks, a cold-chain evolution
India’s vaccine drive will need 100,000 fridges, 11,500 refrigerated trucks, a cold-chain evolution
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An employee of Biocard Logistics unloads a SafePack smart thermobox containing Covid-19 vaccine outside a clinic in Moscow.

Synopsis

The real test will be to put in place an apt cold-chain infrastructure that can handle the varying temperature requirements of different Covid-19 vaccines. But India’s fragmented cold-chain space, which has very few WHO-standard pharma-compliant players, is far from being ready to handle such a task.

Adar Poonawala has a pertinent question for the health ministry. The CEO of Pune-based Serum Institute of India, which looks to manufacture about 1 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine being jointly developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, tweeted on September 26: “Quick question; will the government of India have [INR] 80,000 crore available, over the next one year? Because that's what @MoHFW_IN needs, to buy and distribute the vaccine
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