Distribution of the corona vaccine places increased demand on logistics

With the imminent approval of the first vaccines against Covid-19, logistics is facing new challenges.

"Most of the vaccines against the coronavirus presented so far have to be stored at a temperature of minus 70 degrees Celsius throughout the entire Supply Chain. The transport involves several transshipment centres on the way to vaccination centres, hospitals and doctors' surgeries, using different vehicles. The challenge for logistics companies is to keep the temperature constant over the entire period and to ensure appropriate monitoring. It is also crucial to ensure that delivery is timed accurately, given that the vaccine has a shelf life of only a few days.

The Covid 19 vaccine is transported in special vehicles or in special packaging, including dry ice. Especially within the DACH region, these are routine processes that are handled without any problems. However, a central challenge for transport companies is the high number of consignments that are required after approval of the antigen. The associated effort and expense particularly affects the last mile, which generally ties up a large proportion of the resources required for logistics. Vaccination centres in particular will have to be supplied very frequently.

The transport parameters must be precisely recorded - monitoring the cooling temperature over several transshipments is of particular importance. If logistics companies do this manually, the associated administrative effort is very high. Consequently, automated temperature monitoring along the entire transport chain is a considerable advantage. The latest technology supports targeted distribution and temperature monitoring. All relevant data is available in real time and reports can be generated at the push of a button. It is also important that all data can be clearly visualized with just a few clicks.

On the one hand, modern software solutions support an efficient delivery operation. On the other hand, they pave the way to the easy creation of reports and documentation. A rapid supply of the corona vaccine to the population can be ensured".

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