These containers used to ship fresh tuna. Now they’ll deliver Covid-19 vaccines

It’s one of the biggest logistical challenges in modern history: How will millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses that must be kept at incredibly cold temperatures be quickly shipped across continents and oceans?

One company is using its experience with tuna as a guide.

Thermo King — which revolutionized the transportation of food through advances in temperature-controlled shipping before World War II — is working with pharmaceutical companies, governments and logistics firms to ensure vaccines are preserved as they travel to clinics and hospitals. To make this happen, they’ve reworked containers typically used to transport fresh tuna to Japan, which requires similar frigid conditions.

Tuna must be stored at minus 60 degrees Celsius, to maintain its quality and deep red hue when it reaches supermarkets and restaurants. The coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius while in transit.


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