Save vaccines, save lives
Experts say vaccines are the key to saving lives, as the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic rips through the country. But, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, at least 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been wasted so far. The World Health Organisation says that more than 50 percent of vaccines that end up getting wasted globally every year take place during distribution, particularly at last-mile delivery.
To solve this and ensure that vaccines are not wasted at last-mile delivery, Blackfrog Technologies came out with a solution called Emvolio. It is a portable temperature-regulated carrier for safe last-mile transport of vaccines and other biological products such as blood serums, specimens, and medications.
Both the COVID-19 vaccines (available in India) — Covishield and Covaxin — are freeze-sensitive, and need to be stored and transported at temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees celsius, Emvolio can maintain pre-set temperatures for over 12 hours. Also, the battery-powered device can carry around 30-50 vials at a time.
A healthworker in Manipur using Blackfrog's Emvolio solution for safe last-mile transport of vaccines and other biologicals
Replacing the traditional iceboxes that are used in the last-mile delivery of vaccines, Emvolio is being deployed in remote areas in Manipur, Bihar, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
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