Vaccine logistics are more than a matter of cooling
Transforming cold-chain infrastructure
It needs more than one vaccine to beat COVID-19
Worldwide distribution: a Herculean effort for logistics companies
Within two years, 10 billion vaccine doses need to be delivered globally to successfully fight and end the pandemic. The sheer volume and its urgency to be delivered is challenging. During the entire transport, the vaccines must be stored properly from the time they are manufactured until they are administered. Any exposure to higher temperatures could reduce or even destroy the vaccine’s potency. According to Biopharma, up to 10 % of vaccines are lost in transit due to breakage or fluctuations in wrong temperatures required for preservation. A loss of the valuable vaccine would be fatal, especially in times like these.
Safely delivering COVID-19 vaccines – a mission of the century
So what can be done to avoid pharmaceutical cargo theft? The solution to ensuring that distribution takes place according to plan, is to provide seamless visibility over a supply chain from end to end. Usually, the risk for theft is greatest while shipments are in transit. Therefore, distributors should track every movement of the vaccine shipments, from the manufacturer down to its destination. Particular attention should be paid to areas that are prone to higher risk, such as last-mile delivery. Active tracking solutions like Kizy’s K-2 supply chain tracker are required to provide instant notification as soon as there is a derivation of the prescribed route or unauthorized opening of the boxes. Furthermore, the inventory must be controlled and tracked at all times.
How COVID-19 shapes the future of pharma logistics
The coronavirus breakout has highlighted the fragility of global supply chains, underlining that the failure of one link in the chain has the potential to cause widespread disruption throughout. The complexity of the topic showed that it needs careful advance planning from all sides: governments, too, must facilitate cooperation across the logistics chain, so security arrangements and border processes are ready for the upcoming monumental task.
Logistics management is a continuous cycle of innovation, shaped by the requirement of the economy to overcome gaps. The effort put into stable supply chains and the expertise gained for logistics will also be useful beyond the pandemic.