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Carrier unveils mobile cold storage solutions for COVID-19 vaccines

Carrier unveils mobile cold storage solutions for COVID-19 vaccines
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New Carrier Pods monitored by Sensitech are available, designed to help customers expand their cold storage capacity along with added cargo visibility to help ensure the life of vaccines.

Carrier’s container refrigeration offerings are being combined with Sensitech’s monitoring options to help address the unique challenges of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

The solution has options for deep-freeze cooling, real-time telematics, data analytics and product visibility, while Carrier’s recently announced Lynx digital platform is expected to provide added connectivity by the end of the year.

Additionally, the pods’ mobility is meant to provide pharmaceutical companies, distribution centres, retailers and vaccine administrators with flexibility to move vaccine storage to other locations.

Kartik Kumar, vice president and general manager, global container refrigeration, Carrier, said: “Maintaining the temperature integrity of vaccines is critical. Our mobile storage solutions for vaccines and other perishables use reliable, industry-leading technologies with precise temperature control, premium airflow and operational efficiency.

“For greater visibility, customers can remotely monitor the conditions of the container and cargo around the clock with our telematics.”

The pods are available in configurations that comply with Good Distribution Practice guidelines for pharmaceutical products and address stringent regulatory temperature verification requirements for vaccines.

The Sensitech solutions can monitor a wide range of temperatures, including dry ice conditions.

Mike Hurton, vice president and general manager, Sensitech, stated: “There are several COVID-19 vaccines in development, and each has its own set of strict requirements.

“Our comprehensive monitoring solutions can move with the product enabling drug manufacturers and their distributors to help ensure product quality and compliance.”