- A South African company is set to start producing a 'Cryo-Vacc' in the coming days
- Renergen recently launched the prototype of the vaccine freezer and orders are flowing in
- The renewables company will be using ultra-cold storage containers that can store vaccines for up to 30 days
Renergen, a South African renewables company, will be producing a Covid-19 vaccine storage unit soon. The storage containers will contain helium to power an ultra-cold freezer. Reports say the company is currently conducting discussions on the sale of the products.
The freezer can reportedly store up to 6 000 doses of the vaccine for up to 30 days. The freezer will transport products in helium (by plane) and liquid nitrogen, which has a temperature of -196°C (by road).
The prototype for the 'Cryo-Vacc' was launched on Monday, 15 February.
eNCA reported that key concerns regarding the vaccines which are on the way to the country involve the maintenance of temperature during transit. A report by News24 stated that Renergen CEO Stefano Marani said they have already received orders for the Cryo-Vacc and production will start soon.
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about the vaccine rollout in the country during the State of the Nation Address. The president stated that the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine's low efficacy will not delay the vaccine rollout in the country, which is set to start in March.
Ramaphosa added that the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, which is more effective against the 501Y.V2 variant, will be used. The country has secured nine million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with the first batch of 80 000 doses expected to arrive in the country soon.
Pfizer has also committed 20 million vaccines doses and the country has secured 12 million vaccine doses from the global COVAX facility:
"Pfizer has committed 20 million vaccine doses commencing with deliveries at the end of the first quarter. We are continuing our engagements with all the vaccine manufacturers to ensure that we secure sufficient quantities of vaccines that are suitable to our conditions. #SONA2021
"In addition, we have secured 12 million vaccine doses from the global COVAX facility."
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