Demand is on the up for large-volume cold storage as Pharma companies around the world search for a vaccine to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Several COVID-19 vaccines have shown promising results in early stages of development. This summer, several vaccines entered Phase III clinical trials to determine their efficacy and safety.
Researchers and Laboratories are working tirelessly on a vaccine for Coronavirus, creating an increased demand for large volume temperature-controlled storage for adequate storage and stability testing on emerging vaccines.
Most vaccines must be maintained between a critical temperature range of 2ºC and 8ºC in order to remain effective. When a COVID-19 vaccine is created, it is likely to need to be stored within a similar temperature range. Variations in temperature can decrease the potency of the vaccine to the point it is rendered ineffective. With this in mind, it is critical that vaccines are stored in a secure environment that is constantly monitored.
The World Health Organization estimates that up to 50% of vaccines are wasted globally every year; a large part because of lack of temperature control.
Should a vaccine be discovered and approved, the temperature-sensitive nature of vaccines makes them challenging to distribute in poor countries and rural areas with unreliable refrigeration at the point of care.
The correct storage and handling practices of vaccines play an important role in protecting us from vaccine-preventable diseases. The quality of vaccines in the shared responsibility for everyone involved, from the time of manufacturer up to the vaccine being administered.
Top Tips for Vaccine Storage
To achieve the best possible results from vaccines, its imperative that correct storage is maintained. Here are steps you can take to help ensure vaccine safety:
- Choose the correct type of storage units to store vaccines.
- Ensure the thermometer within the unit is correctly calibrated.
- Review your cold-chain procedures to ensure effective handling.
- Inspect vaccines upon delivery or loading.
- Monitor and record the temperatures the vaccines are exposed to.
CRS Pharma Solutions
CRS Pharma Solutions are a leading supplier of temperature-controlled storage for the Pharmaceuticals industry.
We understand the demands on the industry and the critical conditions required for storage and testing. CRS Pharma Solutions have developed a wide range of Pharma Grade Cold Stores for extensive use throughout the Pharmaceutical Industry that not only meet the demands of our clients, but also the requirements of International Standards.
Pharma Grade Cold Stores
The Pharmaceutical cold stores are a brilliant example of how CRS strives to provide the best equipment and meet the needs of our clients. Having been used by the industry for many years, the wide span range of cold stores from CRS provides a top-quality solution at a competitive price.
- Weatherproof for the internal or external fixture
- Temperature range -40°C to +60°C
- Recording and alarm probes independent of control probes
- Alarms to cover under and over-temperature variations
- Internal lighting
This range of containers features the very best standard and security features you would expect from CRS, including easy access door opening and non-slip floors. The units vary in a variety of sizes including large walk-ins, ensuring our solutions are applicable to every client.
For those looking to increase the capacity of their vaccine storage, a Cold Store from CRS could be the solution you are looking for. Speak to one of our cold storage experts today, we’ll assess your requirements and offer the best configuration of equipment to meet your need.