Here’s a look at the ultra-cold freezers needed to store Covid-19 vaccines
Ultra-cold freezers are needed to store Covid vaccine. Pfizer’s vaccine needs to be kept at minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit, which is significantly below the standard for 36-46 degrees Fahrenheit for many vaccines. “I think anybody who is going to be potentially storing Covid-19 vaccine is looking to get their hands on something like this,” Matt Tallman of B Medical Systems told NBC affiliate WCAU in Philadelphia, Penna. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi
Ford Motor said on Tuesday it has ordered a dozen ultra-cold freezers that can safely store Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, a move aimed at ensuring the U.S. automaker’s workers have access to vaccines when they are rolled out nationally.
Ford’s purchase mirrors efforts by U.S. states and cities to buy equipment to store millions of doses of Pfizer’s vaccine at temperatures of minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit), significantly below the standard for vaccines of 2-8 degrees C (36-46 degrees F).
Health care providers and states are preparing for a new type of vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna that require lower temperatures for storage.
“We’re doing this so that we can make the vaccine available to our employees on a voluntary basis,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said.
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