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Refrigerated Storage for Pharmaceuticals

April 7, 2021 4:01 pm

As we move further into 2021 the focus on the vaccine rollout continues. Millions of doses have been
ordered by the UK Government with the single aim of offering a vaccine to every adult in the UK as soon
as possible.

Ordering the different vaccines from the various pharmaceutical companies i.e. Pfizer BioNTech,
Astra Zeneca and more recently Moderna, is the easy bit. How the doses are stored and then transported
after manufacture prior to use can be the difficult part.

What are the storage requirements?

Each of the approved vaccines in the UK has different storage requirements.
Between -80°c to -60°c for the Pfizer BioNTech, -25°c to 15°c for the Moderna and between 2 to 8°c for the
Astra Zeneca.

With these variations of temperature requirements it can be difficult storing the vaccine vials. This is
certainly the case with the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, as there aren’t many temporary
refrigerated storage containers which can achieve a -80°c to -60°c temperature.

With the Astra Zeneca and Moderna vaccines, they are much easier to be transported and stored. The added
benefit with the Moderna vaccine is that once it has been removed from the freezer and thawed, it can
still be stored for 30 days at 2 to 8°c. This makes it much more mobile and easier to handle for rural areas
due to its longer shelf life.

Seven Refrigeration has been supplying temporary Temperature Controlled Storage solutions to the pharmaceutical
industry for many years, for storing vaccines or medications. They can be positioned outside or by skating
them inside warehouses.

Seven are Portable Cold Storage specialists with vast knowledge and experience in supplying Refrigerated
Containers throughout the UK for over 23 years.

Seven can supply 20ft or 40ft Cold Storage Container solutions on a short or long term hire basis. Delivered directly to your site to support your operation and increase your storage capacity. We can offer flexible
hire terms dependent on your requirements.

Call us to discuss your solution on 01473 261780 or email sales@sevenrefrigeration.co.uk

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