For the development of many COVID 19 vaccines, there is no doubt that there is an incredible amount of capital and effort behind it. Also, all the pharma industries and the associated government partners have expanded their work to a massive level for implementing the global mass rollout of the vaccines.
Another important thing that people should know is that there are no practical distribution models today for handling the mass distribution of vaccines. It is also an arduous task to ensure this distribution in the highest quality regulated supply chain too.
Due to this relatively high demand for reliable and trusted logistic partners, the pharmaceutical companies, governments, and NGOs are leaving no stone unturned in scanning the markets for finding apt opportunities. It is the need of the hour, too, owing to the COVID 19 pandemic’s extreme uncertainty.
In this article, you will get to know the availability and mass distribution expectations of the Covid 19 vaccines which will help you understand what is lying in ahead for all of us in the coming days.
Understanding the Specifications of Covid 19 Vaccines
It is important to note that all early-stage vaccines may require transportation at a temperature of -80°C. Also, the medical industry’s traditional refrigerators can store the vaccines only up to -20°C. A more sophisticated refrigerator is needed to keep these vaccines at a relatively much colder temperature.
Today, a particular type of refrigerator is known as an ultra-low temperature freezer, which can store contents between -40 and 86°C. These are sought after freezers for cold chain systems that carry biological samples like vaccines, cell extracts, and other reagents.
One should also know that ineffective cold chain management; the challenge is to keep the temperature constant and ensure the availability of adequate technologies throughout the chain.
The Supply Chain Expectations in COVID 19 Pandemic
The entire logistics sector in the world has indeed been shocked by how the COVID-19 pandemic occurred and the sheer pace of progression associated with its different stages. Post-pandemic, the transportation and distribution logistics in every field will need to be more robust, resilient, and diverse to deal with all kinds of uncertainties.
After the end of COVID 19, air freights and ocean freights will also continue to be widely utilized and will play a crucial role in a more holistic, shock-resistant, multimodal freight logistics for Pharma Healthcare. During the COVID 19 vaccine distribution itself, a more integrated approach to pharma logistics is highly needed.
Apart from the Supply Chain, a data-monitoring and tracking system of unprecedented scale will also be needed to ensure safety and follow up of vaccine administration in people all across the world.
Reducing the Clinical Risks in Cold Chain Transportation
As mentioned above, if the vaccines’ temperature is not kept between certain temperatures, it can lead to adverse effects for the recipients of the vaccine. There is a tremendous risk of vaccines being rendered impotent due to healthcare professionals‘ ad hoc collections from pharmacy services outside of the cold-chain.
There are no guidelines for ad hoc collection of either vaccines or the approved cold chain infrastructure provided to transport the vaccine. But suppose a number of changes can be proposed, including the appointment of a vaccine coordinator and developing a protocol for ad hoc collection of vaccines from the pharmacy. In that case, things can definitely change for good. By focusing on improving the quality of the process, the practice can improve the whole immunization program’s care and safety.
Conclusion: A Hope for A New Logistical Revolution
Things are shaping up pretty fast in the logistical sector, even during this challenging time of the pandemic. Companies are already looking for diverse supplier bases while looking to develop a flexible yet cost-effective supply chain. For the longer term, though, companies will need to do a more holistic analysis, which can lead to positive changes like moving supply chains to nearby or even to different countries. If this happens, it could also mean an increase in the digitalization of the supply chain, focusing on creating more sustainable options for the future.
Once the COVID 19 vaccine distribution is in full swing, we might see a more substantial impact on today’s “traditional” logistical approach.