Japan donates 12 ultra-cold chain freezers

The government of Japan has donated 12 ultra-cold chain freezers with a storage capacity of 3 million doses.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said this will see the deployment of the Pfizer vaccine and any other future vaccines that may require ultra-cold chain temperatures not be a challenge at all.

Speaking at Afya house when receiving the equipment Tuesday, the CS said that three of these freezers will be placed at the Central Vaccine Stores in Kitengela, while the rest will be distributed to the nine regional stores in Nairobi, Eldoret, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru, Nyeri, Meru and Kakamega.

For the Regional Garissa store, the CS explained that UNICEF is supporting the delivery of a specialized deep freezer that is suitable for the area and hoped this will also be received soon in order to serve the interests of the north-eastern part of the country.

He noted that during transportation from the central to regional stores, these vaccines require to be transported at minus 70 degrees and this will be done using special insulated devices known as soft boxes, which maintain ultra-cold chain temperatures using dry ice.

“We are therefore very delighted that the United Postal Services Foundation has also kindly donated 15 soft boxes which will enable transportation of the vaccines, to all the regional stores,” he said.

  • By KNA