In a world driven by a global pandemic, the new COVID-19 vaccines can be the key to a safer, healthier future. Several varieties of the vaccine are now out and being administered globally, but it was a long road to get to this moment, including the path to delivering these vaccines into the hands of medical specialists.
Most of the COVID-19 vaccines require a strict adherence to storage temperatures in order to be effective, from creation to vaccination. We dive into the COVID-19 distribution chain to hear how cold cargo is instrumental in the successful delivery of the vaccine in our recent episode of MOTIVE powered by Holman, a new podcast that looks at news and innovation in the automotive, fleet, and mobility industries.
At the center of this vital supply chain are the refrigerated trucks transporting these vaccines around the globe. But what goes into this essential service? And how have companies adjusted to meet this demand?
“It requires a flawless supply chain including specialized packing, dry ice, air, and ground delivery, coupled with a comprehensive plan for distribution, all within the vaccine’s shelf life,” said Peter Nogalo, host of MOTIVE powered by Holman.
We’ve highlighted three exciting takeaways from our most recent episode, “The Last Cold Mile” from MOTIVE powered by Holman.
- It starts with the chassis
They say it’s what’s inside that counts, but when it comes to these refrigerated trucks, it’s best to lead with the head. Dispatch specialists begin their vaccine journey by selecting the chassis that works best for the road ahead, taking into consideration mileage, the type of driving, and the number of stops and starts involved before anything else.
- Size matters (and more!)
Cooling a refrigerated truck body requires more than setting a thermostat. “You have to take into consideration the size of that cargo, what temperature the cargo is entering the box at, and what the other impacts are,” says MOTIVE guest Mike DeCesare, ARI manager of order planning. Other impacts like the size of the truck, how many times the doors will be opened or closed, and the outside temperature are all major influences on refrigeration decisions that are keeping our vaccines safe and effective for use.
- Sensors Ensure Safety
Just a few degrees could destroy these very important vaccines; that’s where telematics come in. Refrigerated trucks come equipped with sensor systems built directly into their telematics devices, so a driver can take a pit stop without worrying about any potential damage during idling or even turning their vehicle off.
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