15 million boxes, 15,000 flights – How ten billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine might be distributed across the world
- Logistics leader DHL along with McKinsey & Company has published a white paper on how they believe the
vaccinedelivery will look like.
- One of the biggest challenges is that the vaccine needs to be kept in cold temperatures throughout.
- The paper estimates that it would require 15,000 flights, 15 million cooling boxes, 200,000 pallet shipments to deliver 10 billion doses.
The whole of 2020 around the world has been about one question -- when will the COVID-19 vaccine be available? With the
View all Offers
View all Offers
- 31% OFF
Apple iPhone XR (64GB) - Black₹ 32999₹ 47900Buy On
- 11% OFF
Tecno POVA 2 (Polar Silver, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage)| 7000mAh Battery | 48MP Camera | Helio G85₹ 11999₹ 13499Buy On
- 17% OFF
Samsung Galaxy M21 2021 Edition (Arctic Blue, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage) | FHD+ sAMOLED | 6 Months Free Screen Replacement for Prime (SM-M215GLBDINS)₹ 11999₹ 14499Buy On
- 28% OFF
OPPO A31 (Mystery Black, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers₹ 11490₹ 15990Buy On
Samsung Galaxy M51 (Electric Blue, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage) 6 Months Free Screen Replacement for Prime₹ 19999₹ 28999Buy On
But come December and the possibility of a vaccine hitting the markets could become a reality. Currently, there are several vaccines under development and trial – from Moderna to Pfizer and AstraZeneca and Oxford are all in a race to produce the first proven COVID-19 vaccine.
Even when the vaccine does get ready, there are doubts that remain - how will it reach the masses soon? Logistics leader DHL along with McKinsey & Company has published a white paper on how they believe the vaccine delivery will look like.
AdvertisementVaccine to be kept in cold storage at all times
One of the most important aspects of the COVID-19 vaccine delivery is to ensure that it is safe to use right from the manufacturer to the pharmacist. And for the same, the vaccine needs to be kept in cold temperatures throughout. According to the report, the logistics from the manufacturer to the warehouse to the regional distribution capabilities will all be put to test as the temperature requirements for safe and efficacious vaccines will be as low as -80°C or end up falling in the +2–8°C range.
The report recommends the use of liquid tanks, pallet shippers, cooling warehouses and cooling boxes, all as a part of the logistics depending on the time duration and distance the vaccine has to travel.
A logistics nightmare — if not managed well
With the urgency of the vaccine requirements, logistics will have to be prepared well. The DHL and McKinsey paper estimates that it would require 15,000 flights, 15 million cooling boxes, 200,000 pallet shipments to deliver 10 billion doses.
“We can expect the intermediate transport of the drug substance and intercontinental shipment of the drug product to be manageable given the intact logistics infrastructure available at production sites (predominantly in industrialized regions in Western Europe, North America, and India),” said the report.
AdvertisementHowever, the paper also said that large parts of Africa, South America and Asia might not see the vaccine being readily supplied due to unavailability of cold-chain logistics.
COVID-19 vaccine trial: Pfizer expects results by October end
AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine enters Phase-III trial in the US
Popular on BI
- WhatsApp won’t work on these phones from November 1: Check the full list
- Shiba Inu hits another all-time-high — now more valuable than Adani Enterprises, Tata Steel and Tech Mahindra
- Shiba Inu is not only bigger than Dogecoin — it’s now bigger than XRP, Polkadot and USD Coin as the seventh-biggest player in the market
- IRCTC will lose a chunk of its revenue to the Indian government starting next month
- EaseMyTrip makes its first acquisition in 13 years to strengthen its hotel offerings
- Portugal''s political fate uncertain after govt budget defeat
- Battlegrounds Mobile India gets Dune-themed rewards in new crossover
- YouTube is the most-used social media platform by influencers in India: AnyTag report