May 28, 2022

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Transport Costs of Dry Ice Soared

COVID-19 Vaccines: Transport Costs of Dry Ice Soared

COVID-19 Vaccines: Transport Costs of Dry Ice Soared. Cold chain demand on COVID-19 vaccines pushes up dry ice transportation prices in some regions.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Transport Costs of Dry Ice Soared. Cold chain demand on COVID-19 vaccines pushes up dry ice transportation prices in some regions.
The cold chain demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has pushed up the price of dry ice transportation, and the price of dry ice transportation in some areas has soared by 20 times.

The WHO logistics official said on Tuesday that some airlines are seeking to transport dry ice and other medical supplies at “heinous” ultra-high prices before the holiday, but it is expected that by 2021, capacity compression may be eased.

Because Pfizer and other COVID-19 vaccines require extremely low temperature storage, cold chain logistics has become a new problem for vaccine storage, distribution and vaccination. A large amount of dry ice is needed to transport large doses of vaccines, and the demand for dry ice has also increased. At present, the price of dry ice transportation in some areas has risen to 20 times the normal price.

Pfizer’s vaccines are required to be stored at minus 70 degrees. Although they have not yet been officially approved by the US FDA, some dry ice manufacturers said that they have received production requirements since November when Pfizer’s vaccines reported major benefits. , And began to purchase additional machines to rush to the system.

Dry ice has always been classified as a dangerous product by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the U.S. Department of Transportation, because dry ice will sublimate into a gas form when it decomposes. In the case of poor ventilation, it may replace the oxygen in the cabin, posing a certain safety risk. However, in order to ensure the supply of vaccines, the FAA appropriately relaxed the air transport restrictions on dry ice.

The WHO logistics official said on Tuesday that some airlines are seeking to transport dry ice and other medical supplies at “heinous” ultra-high prices before the holiday, but it is expected that by 2021, capacity compression may be eased.


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