A one of a kind vaccine freezer, that can store vials at ultra-low temperatures, has been launched in Johannesburg. The prototype storage container has been developed by Renergen, a South African natural gas company. Rianté Naidoo has this story. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - A one of a kind vaccine freezer that can store vials at ultra-low temperatures has been launched in Johannesburg.
The prototype storage container has been developed by Renergen, a South African natural gas company.
The container has been designed to keep COVID-19 vaccines ultra-cold for up to 30 days and can store up to 6,000 doses.
It’s a freezer almost as ice-cold as liquid nitrogen and is pegged to be the solution that’ll ensure the developing world can deliver world-class vaccination programmes.
South Africa has secured 20-million Pfizer vaccines, which are expected by the end of April.
But key concerns are maintaining the vaccine’s ultra-cold storage temperature and ensuring this isn’t breached in transit.
Rianté Naidoo shares more details in the video above.
#CovidVaccine The contents of these vials are simulated to reflect the #PfizerVaccine. Today I felt them at an ultra-freezing temperature of -120 deg Celsius! Thank you @StefMarani for the opportunity, and allowing us have the first look at the Cryo-Vacc! @RenergenJHB @etvNewsSA pic.twitter.com/sDOStzSryL— Rianté Naidoo (@RianteP) February 15, 2021
#CovidVaccine Marani says the use of liquid helium is much safer than nitrogen or hydrogen. The container comes in two sizes. A large one (pictured) or one half the size. The top compartment will store the vaccines. The lower half holds the cryogenic substances. @etvNewsSA pic.twitter.com/tpxMg3tDkj— Rianté Naidoo (@RianteP) February 15, 2021