A worker pours dry ice into boxes containing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
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From designing vaccine supply chains to improving PPE to rebuilding trust, systematically bringing engineering knowhow to public health problems could make a huge difference.
Health-care workers wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Jan. 7, 2021.
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Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has begun. But getting the jab doesn't mean abandoning masks, distancing and handwashing. Here's why the current preventive measures must continue post-vaccine.
With reports emerging of vaccine wastage across the world, medical supply chain experts explain why that's to be expected.
Seniors in Fort Myers, Fla. wait for their COVID-19 vaccinations. At this site, 800 doses of vaccine were available.
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The shipment of goods to suppliers has become technologically sophisticated. Delays in getting out the COVID-19 vaccine to people show that the breakdowns come down to something more basic.
Getting vaccines to rural and hard-to-reach areas is critical for public health and ethical reasons.
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So far, the only COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use need to be kept frozen. But there are many places in the world that can't support a cold supply chain.
Efficient shipping and storage could prevent a lot of wasted vaccines.
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COVID-19 vaccines have very specific storage requirements that make shipping a difficult task. Two ideas – fulfillment centers and cross-docking – could help overcome some distribution challenges.
After receiving the vaccine, health systems have a complicated job ahead of them.
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Health systems around the US are on the cusp of receiving COVID-19 vaccines. At the end of this months-long effort are the nitty-gritty details of how health care providers are giving people the vaccine.