Although MRNA vaccines require a shorter trajectory to production than traditional vaccines, there are new barriers that will motivate logistics companies to embrace them once they leave the manufacturing plant.
The aircraft have been refurbished, GPS tracking is FAA approved, and states are purchasing large quantities of freezer products to meet first-generation vaccine requirements. Experts say the first several blocks are unlikely to sit on the shelves for long.
Food companies are nothing new to vaccinated temperatures – foods that require cold storage include seafood and ice cream. But the quantity and speed required to get the vaccines into a person’s hand from the plant is unprecedented.
So why aren’t more food transport companies involved? They need to be monitored because of cyber security concerns and the need for a federal government to oversee logistics.
“We have already seen attempts to infiltrate our logistics systems, our agencies, our partners,” said Brandon Daniels, head of global markets at Exeger.
Daniels is a consultant to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, both involved in vaccine logistics.
Much of the distribution process has been discovered, but the administration of the vaccine remains in the states.
“We know where to get it … [the plants] To an airport. I think we know how to go from the airport to a cold-storage refrigerator, and then we know how to operate at the designated major hospitals in each of those states. We are just now. The next phase of distribution is still in progress, ”Daniels said.
“Courier services are involved. Swift courier services, for example … are traditionally known for delivering parcels quickly. So there are courier services involved in the delivery process,” he said.
Next generation transport
Daniels hopes to improve cold-chain logistics and keep up with new technologies for the time being.
“Cryogenics companies will be an important part of the supply chain,” he said. “Things like dry frozen and openable fluid require more advanced technologies for future distribution.”
For the next level of distribution, there are a lot of possibilities to work with.
“We have to manage the risk. There are a lot of technologies like coming out of the movies, ”Daniels said.
The ultra-cold storage units that states have invested in are challenging to manufacture and shipping, and there is a partial shortage.
But for frozen liquid systems, it is possible to have smaller cold storage units. Given the global need, it is necessary to focus on rural and poor infrastructure areas, he said.
“More advanced technologies are needed for future distribution, especially with the performance numbers released by Pfizer and Moderna,” Daniels said.
“The idea here should be to allow these technologies to access these vaccines to small, regional, and well-funded areas,” he said.