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Vietnam has prepared enough super cold storage to import Covid-19 vaccine


3 cold stores minus 86 degrees Celsius of VNVC in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hanoi can store 3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine at a time.

The representative of VNVC vaccination center system said that, in January, VNVC was licensed by the Ministry of Health to deploy 3 storage facilities and systems for transporting vaccines and biologicals at minus 86 degrees C to minus 46 degrees C, storage capacity is up to 3 million doses at the same time. Each cold storage has a temperature controlled thawing store that is always below 8 degrees C to ensure the vaccine is safe to thaw before being put into use.

VNVC is also licensed by the Ministry of Health to export – import, provide vaccine storage services, biological products in cold conditions 2-8 degrees C, vaccines, biologicals preserved in deep negative conditions (minus 46 to negative 86 degrees C).

Deep sound storage at a VNVC center in Ho Chi Minh City. Image: VNVC.

For vaccines that need to be stored minus 80 degrees C to minus 70 degrees C, the expanded vaccination program doesn’t have a cold chain that meets this requirement. In the service vaccination system, there is only one deep-sound vaccine storage system of Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company (VNVC) that can store 3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

Deep-sounding refrigerators are medical devices that can create the best storage conditions for organic matter – which is essential for the worldwide storage, storage and supply of vaccines. investment country. With the ability to maintain extremely low temperatures and uniform temperature distribution inside the deep cabinet, ensuring organic matter is always kept under the same temperature conditions, this device can accurately set the temperature according to your needs. bridge, from minus 86 degrees C to minus 46 degrees C.

Ms. Tran Thi Trung Trinh – Quality Control Director of Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company said that from mid-2020, when predicting the difficult situation in transporting, storing and preserving Covid-19 vaccines, VNVC has imported a large number of equipment, built a deep sound cold storage chain system, ready to meet the needs of use when it can be imported. Experiencing many difficulties of trade in the context of a global epidemic outbreak and disease prevention conditions in Vietnam, by the end of 2020, VNVC completed this special cold storage system.

Using cold gas and cascade refrigeration technology, the minus 86 degrees Celsius refrigerator at VNVC has a GSM alarm system and remote device control function. All cold and deep cold storage facilities are equipped with temperature monitoring system including on-site monitoring and remote monitoring via a variety of software and alarm systems, including on-site alarms by sirens and lights, remote alerts via SMS and email to responsible people such as storekeepers, warehouse managers, quality control, maintenance …

“We are proud to be the first unit in Vietnam to meet the necessary conditions to be able to import, preserve, supply and deploy a wide range of Covid-19 vaccines. Outside cold storage. deep sound and specialized storage and transport lines, VNVC also fully prepares the best conditions for operating manpower and the process to ensure the operating quality of deep sound cold chain is strictly built, ensuring fully guarantee the specific requirements of this field “, Ms. Trinh added.

The stage of storing and transporting vaccines at VNVC meets GSP (good medicine storage practice) standards and GDP (good medicine distribution practice) of the Ministry of Health. According to Ms. Trinh, VNVC also invested in a system of specialized refrigerated vehicles to transport vaccines to help ensure the highest quality of vaccines, from the airport to the general warehouses and inter-center vaccine transportation (from one center to another). , system of dedicated storage tanks to transport vaccines within the vaccination center (from the central warehouse to the dedicated storage fridges in the vaccination clinics). All cold stores, refrigerated vehicles, shipping boxes, and refrigerators are assessed and met with storage conditions before being put into use.

Mr. Bui Kim Khanh – VNVC System Director said that he is ready to have the staff and facilities to serve up to 4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine per month. 49 individual vaccine warehouses and 2 specialized warehouses for storing vaccines at 2-8 degrees Celsius, cold warehouses and 3 deep sound storage cold stores, with a total area of ​​more than 1,000 m2, a capacity of more than 4,000 m3, capacity up to 170 million doses of vaccine at temperatures 2-8 degrees C or minus 20 degrees C to minus 86 degrees C.

Each center in VNVC system is equipped with a separate and modern cold storage facility.  Photo: P. Lan.

Standard cold storage and cold chain are the most important factor in ensuring vaccine quality and safety and efficiency for users. Image: P. Lan.

VNVC also promptly put into use technology platforms for the registration, arrangement, coordination and vaccination needs … for tens of millions of people, including: upgrading, expanding, new construction websites, mobile apps, telephone switchboard system, increase the number and intensive training of the staff.

“The plan to deploy vaccination with large numbers of customer care and service in a time has also been fully developed, which can immediately meet the needs for this historic immunization campaign. “, Mr. Khanh said.

It is expected that in the first half of this year, VNVC will bring back 30 million doses of vaccine researched and produced by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. This is the first Covid-19 vaccine licensed by the Ministry of Health for circulation in Vietnam, with a standard two-dose injection regimen for adults aged 18 years and over.

VNVC is ready to serve when Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Vietnam.  Photo: P. Lan.

VNVC is ready to serve when Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Vietnam. Image: P. Lan.

There are about 11 Covid-19 vaccines currently approved by the European Drug Administration (EMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and emergency licensing countries; 237 types are under study. Most vaccines require storage at 2-8 degrees C (like AstraZeneca / Oxford). However, many types (such as Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna) need to be stored and transported with temperatures minus 80 degrees C to minus 20 degrees C, making the implementation of vaccination in many countries difficult, due to lack of equipment. specialized storage and transportation.

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