How Tech is Overcoming the Challenges of Covid-19 Vaccines Distribution

After The Pfizer BioNTech hit the headlines for having a vaccine approved, making it available globally is another concern. While some of the largest and developed countries are leaving no stone unturned to compete against producing the vaccine, they all have to overcome the challenges due to the complex supply chain and logistics system.

This is the first time when the entire globe has become the hit of the pandemic, and now the representatives of nations have to find out smooth ways to make it available everywhere to save as many lives as possible. Other challenge authorities are likely to face temperature control of the vaccine during the transit.

It has to cover miles, and during that time, active ingredients that affect the shelf life of the vaccine can go deteriorated. To make the vaccine available in every corner of the world, there are two challenges right now: to strengthen the logistic system to supply vaccines as quickly as possible and the other is figuring out a system to boost the shelf life of vaccine ingredients during the transit.  You will be surprised to know technology is aiding monitoring of real-time logistics and temperature to ensure safe access.

Roambee Monitoring solutions

Since the production of vaccines is in full swing, vaccine distribution is going to be a nightmare. Still, it does not have to be because Roambee solutions can allow for real-time monitoring using machine learning and cloud analytics.

This monitoring solution will be most useful when you have a limited time to plan the distribution of vaccines. Of course, distribution vaccines at such a large level before active ingredients go downgraded is a real challenge, and Roambee solutions are sought after by various pharmaceutical companies because of its active real-time control.

To prevent vaccine ingredients from going off, strict temperature control is mandatory. Research has found that the vaccine developed by The Pifzer is to be kept under (-70) degree Celsius. Providing containers with that cold temperature and measuring vaccines remain safe in them until they reach the destination is a herculean task. The Roambee monitoring solution will keep measuring temperature during the transit and provide the report on the delivery of the vaccine.

NIST-certified sensor technology

Just assessing the temperature and confirming if all lots have been delivered are not enough to ensure a smooth vaccine logistic. You must have an update about damaged lots that can result in additional cost.

If you are supposed to provide several vaccines, you will have to ensure that you fulfil the demand despite that fact that some of the lots will get damaged during the transit. Here comes the role if NIST-certified sensor.

These sensors can let you access the live location of each lot of vaccines. It will also give an update to the warehouse about the arrival to optimise storage. Roamabee solutions use multiple active sensors that aim at real-time controlling everything from temperature to location.

Integrated with advanced technology, these sensors can also help predict about the condition of the vaccine, for example, its explosion condition, so the team of distributors can rescue a shipment to ensure timely delivery.

GIS technology

Apart from real-time tracking, another question on mind is prioritising critical population. There will not be enough doses immediately. In fact, it is not decided yet how many doses it will need to recuperate and what if people relapse.

First off, it will be made available for those who are extremely vulnerable to Covid-19. Then it will be available for health workers and then for people with comorbidity. It is essential to develop a detailed plan on population priority. This all cannot be possible without GIS technology.

It will help epidemiologists know the spread of the virus in different regions and communities. It can help them understand the origin of infectious cases, the strength of the virus to spread, and spreading pattern.

To serve the right amount of dose, health workers must understand the places highly prone to the infection and GIS will help understand the pattern of Covid-19 spread and then ensure the adequate intervention by strengthening or increasing healthcare facilities.

With the GIS system, healthcare professionals and logistics staff can decide on the amount of production of vaccines and the supply chain from one place to the other in less time.

It is almost a year since the pandemic has hit globally, and health experts are still working on the manufacturing of vaccine. Obtaining the approval for a vaccine is not a breakthrough because one of the significant challenges waiting for you ahead is making it available in every corner of the world in the right amount safely.

Advanced technology will likely make the vaccine distribution effective, and therefore, the government is not shying from large scale funding. Apart from the government, pharmaceutical companies are also relying on lenders for provident loans.  

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