MANILA – As the government prepares to roll out the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine program this year, Mecotec GmbH and Deutsche Motorgeräte Inc. (DMI) offers a unique cold storage solution in the country which will be available in the first quarter of this year.
Mecotec’s MCF8 is a mobile and hybrid container with deep cooling technology to freeze contents from -20°C to -80°C, meeting the handling requirements for various Covid-19 vaccines.
“Vaccine manufacturers, governments, hospitals, and local communities are facing significant challenges in transporting, storing, and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine options due to the requirement of maintaining a constant temperature from -20℃ down to -80℃ in order to retain their effectiveness. Currently, very few options are available to handle the distribution requirements of these vaccines,” Mecotec chief executive officer Enrico Klauer said in a statement Tuesday.
A 20-foot MFC8 can store up to 500,000 doses of vaccines, while the 40-foot container can store up to 1 million doses.
The German cooling technology provider has partnered with DMI to be the distributor of MFC8 here.
DMI is a sales and distribution firm of high- quality German tools and products used for disaster prevention and relief, medical, and agricultural sectors.
“The local distribution of these vaccines requires a thorough understanding of our geographical complexities. To address the lengthy logistical lead time often associated with transporting goods within our borders, we need a solution that would allow these vaccines to be stored and transported at the required temperature for a longer period of time,” DMI president Jess Co said.
Co added the mobile container can address the concerns on delivering the vaccines up to the remote areas in the Philippines. (PNA)