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DHL exec says "big challenge" for vaccine distribution is "joint effort" between governments, producers

Oct 14, 2020
Katja Busch says efficient vaccine distribution is most dependent on coordinated efforts between the involved parties.
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States are scrambling to build vaccine distribution infrastructure

Oct 8, 2020
Health departments will need trained personnel and equipment like syringes and vials. And states want special funding.
A volunteer receives a COVID-19 vaccination in a trial at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, in August.
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Are cargo companies ready to distribute a COVID vaccine?

Oct 7, 2020
Julian Sutch, head of Emirates SkyCargo's pharmaceutical division, believes carriers like his are up to the task of global vaccine distribution, but acknowledge there are plenty of challenges to overcome.
That task could prove to be a huge issue for private cargo companies, especially air cargo transporters, if a potential vaccine requires specific storage conditions like extreme cold.
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World Bank proposes a $12 billion fund for COVID vaccine dispersal to poor and developing countries

Oct 5, 2020
World Bank President David Malpass believes his institution will be well situated to both fund and assist in a global COVID vaccine distribution effort.
"Up to $12 billion is a signal to the pharmaceutical manufacturers that there's going to be a big demand, and that there's financing for it, and that the countries will be looking for a safe vaccine. And so it fills that void that would otherwise be there," says World Bank President David Malpass.
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Financing is at the heart of ensuring Africa isn't "left behind" in the COVID-19 vaccine race

Sep 30, 2020
Most African countries have joined the cooperative effort for global distribution of a future vaccine, but there are still financial and logistical questions.
A general view during South Africa's first human clinical trial for a potential vaccine against COVID-19.
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How do we prepare for a COVID vaccine distribution system?

Sep 30, 2020
Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director for the Immunization Action Coalition, lays out the logistical and financial issues facing a future COVID-19 vaccine distribution system.
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Strict storage requirements could pose a problem for future COVID vaccines

Needing to store the vaccine at a temperature range outside the norm adds just one more layer of complexity to the logistical challenge.
"The science can be good, but it is of no value if it doesn't ultimately get to the people in an appropriate, safe, secure way that will allow them to derive the benefit," says Thomas Tighe of Direct Relief.
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Vials, syringes, packaging: The small but vital components of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Sep 18, 2020
Are there enough vials, syringes and packaging to get an approved vaccine where it needs to go?
Developing a COVID-19 vaccine is vital, and so are the components needed to deliver it.
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What kind of marketing will it take to get people on board with a COVID-19 vaccine?

Health care providers are going to play an essential role in communication and education.
"The problem with the word speed is that it sounds like you're racing. And while there is a sense of a race here, the real issue is urgency," Glen Nowak says.
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