The much-awaited Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine rolls could pose a challenge to countries as they will be required to ramp up a cold-chain infrastructure for storage, according to Bloomberg. Vaccine shots must be stored at -70 degrees Celsius and must be injected within five days, or it goes bad. 

  • Countries will need to invest in complex and costly deep-freeze airport warehouses, refrigerated vehicles, and inoculation points.
  • Massive investment and coordination required to keep the vaccine in a good state imply that only wealthy nations and perhaps, the urban populations are guaranteed access.
  • Refrigeration challenges are a blow to emerging countries, days after Pfizer and BioNTech announced its vaccine candidate is 90% effective from a Phase 3 clinical study.

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