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Smart temp control technology could be key for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Smart temp control technology could be key for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Some of the hurdles around vaccine distribution could be addressed with high-tech solutions, particularly where environmental management is concerned.

As health systems begin to roll out COVID-19 vaccines, much attention has been paid to the "cold chain," the organizations and equipment that enable their necessary sub-zero storage and transport.

Experts have pointed to the clear logistical and security challenges this unique supply chain presents. But others say that some of these hurdles around vaccine distribution could be addressed with technology – particularly where humidity and temperature controls are concerned.

Paul Daniel, senior regulatory compliance expert at Vaisala Oyj, which develops and markets environmental and industrial measurement services, concedes that the world of temp control monitoring "is not sexy." That said, "it's really critical."

As Daniel explained, it's not quite accurate to think of controlling the ambient temperature around the vaccine as complicating the process. Rather, he said, the temperature control is the process.


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