Transoflex gives tips on how corona vaccines can be distributed safely and quickly throughout Germany. R + V insured.
In the fight against the pandemic, the world has high hopes for the effect of the vaccines – according to the logistics service provider Transoflex from Weinstadt, it is also important how quickly and safely the Covid-19 vaccines can be distributed. The company also sees federal politics as responsible. “Logistics must not become a bottleneck factor. Only then can immunization start safely and quickly as soon as one or more vaccines have been approved, ”says Wolfgang Albeck, CEO of Transoflex.
Three theses for safe vaccine logistics
The company has therefore developed three theses with which politicians at state and federal level can check whether the logistics solutions they are striving for are effective:
- The logistical equipment of the mobile vaccination teams must guarantee safety and control of the cold chain. Transoflex recommends active temperature control, which is documented and controlled. This is more transparent and less prone to disruptions than the sole use of passive packaging in the supply chain such as cool boxes. There are proven logistics networks for such an actively temperature-controlled cold chain between 2 and 8 degrees, which can supply not only a few vaccination centers, but also medical practices or mobile teams with the vaccine quickly, directly and safely.
- In view of the high sensitivity of the vaccine shipments, care should be taken when selecting the service provider that pharmaceutical and safety standards, such as the GDP directive, are complied with. On the other hand, it is important to take adequate precautions against theft and to ensure that each individual package is handled carefully. “Mass service providers who smuggle consignments through conventional sorting systems and handle them improperly at loading points expose sensitive consignments with vaccination doses to a high risk of damage. They therefore seem unsuitable for transporting such items, ”writes Transoflex.
- The award of the contract must take place via a transparent and fair award procedure that is open to all logistics specialists. According to the company, this is the only way to achieve innovative and high-performance solutions that guarantee the smooth distribution of the new Covid 19 vaccine or vaccines.
Vaccine is particularly valuable
The insurance company R + V also sees the specialty in the distribution of the new Covid-19 vaccines: Corona has caused a container full of respiratory masks to suddenly become a luxury item, says Torben Siegmund, Head of the Transport Department at Kravag Insurance. With the corona vaccine, this reaches another dimension. The serum is not only many times more valuable than the protective equipment, it is also particularly sensitive.
“Therefore, special safety precautions must be taken for the transport of the corona vaccine. Only then can such values be insured at all,” says Siegmund. “The freight forwarders cannot take the risk alone.”
As a subsidiary of R + V Versicherung, Kravag has the right security concepts ready: in addition to temperature control, appropriate security technology such as GPS tracking and sensors are a prerequisite for transport. In order to protect the cargo, the trucks are not allowed to leave their route and stopovers are only allowed in guarded parking lots. In addition, the vans would have to be manned by two drivers so that the vehicle is never left unattended.
Support vehicle if there is a risk of theft
“If it turns out that there is a particular risk of theft for the vaccine, an escort vehicle might even be necessary,” explains Siegmund. However, many questions are still open, it is also unclear when distribution will begin and whether further vaccines will be approved for which completely different criteria apply.
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