This article is a Q&A interview conducted by Clinical Lab Manager and MadgeTech Sales Manager, Ken LaPage.
Q: WHY IS MAINTAINING ULTRA-LOW TEMPERATURE REQUIREMENTS FOR COVID-19 VACCINES SO IMPORTANT? ARE THERE SIMILAR CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH MAINTAINING APPROPRIATE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS FOR OTHER WIDELY AVAILABLE VACCINES?
Healthcare workers and emergency responders have recently experienced a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since access to new PPE was nearly impossible, researchers began looking for effective ways to sterilize PPE for reuse.
All vaccines are temperature sensitive and require the proper environmental conditions to ensure vaccine stability. Exposure to extreme heat or cold can be catastrophic to millions of vulnerable people, especially children, who would otherwise go unvaccinated.