Friday, December 4, 2020

Agriculture has vaccine cold storage solutions

The teams looking for ways to distribute COVID-19 vaccines that require temperatures as low as minus 70 are looking to agriculture for answers.

Semex uses cannisters to store semen at temperatures about that cold.

That has prompted Canadian officials to suggest that the auto-parts industry might be asked to make enough cannisters similar to the ones for semen stored in liquid nitrogen for a nation-wide vaccine rollout.

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork packer, is offering its services to help distribute COVID-19 vaccines across the United States.

Pfizer’s vaccine requires minus 70 and Moderna’s vaccine minus 20.

Astra-Zeneca’s can be stored at two degrees.