Written by Modality Solutions
Posted on: July 8, 2020
Vaccine Delivery – Massive Mission
The Race to Get a Vaccine Delivered
NBC Nightly News – June 13, 2020
Modality Solutions is in the business of cold chain logistics. We knew it was only a matter of time before the COVID-19 24/7 news coverage would identify a significant piece to the puzzle: getting a vaccine to the people who need it most. On Saturday, June 13, 2020, NBC weekend anchor, Jose Diaz-Balart, introduced the topic. “Vaccine Delivery—a Massive Mission. Here is an inside look on what it is going to take to get a billion COVID-19 vaccines from drug-making factories to your doctor’s office, the health of so many Americans depends on them doing it right.”
Reporting from Chicago O’Hare’s Airport, NBC’s Kevin Tibbles interviews Chris Gonsowski, Vice President of DHL Global Forwarding. Chris explained in layman’s terms how drug products require refrigeration, and how the logistics of delivering to the corner pharmacy are daunting. Ben Hubbard, CEO of Parsyl, explained how if there is a break in the cold chain, the vaccine can lose its potency.
Bottom line: it is projected, 8,000 fully loaded 747 cargo planes will be needed to deliver one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the U.S. market.