How to ensure effective vaccine transportation
Owing to the pandemic, there is a very larger focus on cold chain transportation. With the increased focus on vaccines and their movement, it is crucial to ensure that they are not damaged when delivered to the final destination. Pharmaceutical consignments and vaccines could get damaged due to poor logistics planning, handling, untrained staff, incorrect use of dry ice and other transportation material or lack of temperature monitoring.
Vaccines and biologics require to be transported at the required temperature throughout, as even a slight change could ruin the chemical composition, resulting in harm to the end user. Most vaccines require to be transported at temperatures of below -25 degrees Celsius to ensure efficacy and reliability.
Given lack of proper cold chain solutions, a larger number of these vaccines are transported using use dry ice. However dry ice has its drawbacks. Dry ice is hazardous as when it melts, it can turn into carbon dioxide and this is especially dangerous for poorly ventilated spaces. When this situation occurs, it can be very dangerous also for the operations team that handle the consignment. If the dry ice melts before the consignment arrives its final destination, there is a huge risk of the product losing its efficacy.
It is also crucial to keep in mind environmental factors such as Indian ambient conditions and traffic. With transportation trucks, if the door is opened frequently and if the engine has to be switched off for any reason, it could potentially lead to damage of consignment as this could lead to over heating/melting of the product. If the storage box isn’t sealed properly and properly covered, this could also result in overheating.
While transporting the pharmaceutical consignment from one point to the other, it would be beneficial to have an efficient monitoring system which can automatically update the operations team on temperature fluctuations. With a temperature monitoring system, the final user can receive temperature updates of the consignment throughout the delivery process and not only at onboarding and offboarding.
Tessol can help ensures safe and efficient practices throughout the delivery process with the help of our applications. Our PACK N SHIP technology consists of single and multi-use shippers which work on a PCM technology allowing it to be completely engine and fuel independent. The PCM is charged at our warehouse to the required temperature and is then used to transport the consignment. The single use shippers are cost-efficient with multiple use capability and no stringent SOPs. These boxes also maintain temperature for 72 to 90 hours between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius.
The PACK N SHIP Rotomolded Range consists of multi-use passive cooled boxes with a temperature range of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius and -20 degrees Celsius with 3 to 30 L of payload size, and can be used for 48+ hours with Indian ambient temperatures.
Along with this, our last mile delivery boxes are easy to use with no stringent SOPs and work on PCM technology. The consignment is placed in the box along with which the PCM is placed lining the box to maintain the temperature.
All of the above applications are available with an optional remote monitoring facility, which enables regular temperature updates to avoid damage to consignment.
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