Product News: Vaccine Pods to assist with COVID fight

Jan. 27, 2021
The innovation boosts capacity and power for ultra-low temperature cold chain storage.

The Vaccine Pod

Vaccine Pods announced that it has launched from stealth, introducing an innovative technology that revolutionizes the way sensitive vaccines are transported, stored and distributed. Vaccine Pods provides pharmaceutical companies, government organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) the ability to streamline cold-chain logistics by directly shipping a container with the vaccine safely stored in an ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer that is powered by the container’s integrated power source, according to its maker. 

“With recent COVID vaccine approvals, the life sciences industry, in conjunction with government agencies and supply chain partners, is aiming to deliver 300 million doses in the US alone in early 2021. Depending on the manufacturer, these vaccines must be kept at temperatures between minus 20 and minus 86 degrees Celsius at all times. This has created a new and significant challenge that existing ULT cold chain storage technology is not currently equipped to support,” said Edward Collins, CEO and rounder, Vaccine Pods. “To help solve this public health crisis, we have engineered a cost-effective, energy-efficient technology that increases ULT cold chain storage capacity and power while working completely off the grid, enabling organizations to safely distribute more vaccines at reduced expenses. Because of its cost savings and continual energy supply, this technology will not only help densely populated localities, but also rural areas and developing countries that traditionally have not enjoyed the same access to these resources.”

Developed in partnership with HCI Energy, Vaccine Pods created a power solution that leverages sustainable energy to minimize reliance on the electrical grid or fossil fuels. As a result, this power solution enables uninterrupted cold-chain management and delivery of vaccines and future biologics anywhere in the world. 

Vaccine Pods’ power solution provides comprehensive visibility of storage freezers across the supply chain. These real-time insights include:

  • Temperatures of freezers located anywhere in the world
  • 24-hour monitoring of location
  • Security and remote-access permissions
  • Solar array and deployment status with real-time weather tracking to deploy or retract the solar panels in the case of inclement weather
  • Power-system performance and status
  • Fuel levels