Key Objectives:

  • To develop a short- to medium-term crisis exit solution aimed to deliver COVID-19 vaccine in a safe, efficient and clean manner, while still maintaining routine vaccine deliveries
  • To create a long-term contingency framework through establishing logistics specifically for medicine, blood and vaccines, that is costeffective, sustainable and responsive to different levels of challenge – basic needs, natural disasters/regional epidemics and national pandemics
  • To have an embedded vaccine-delivery system to meet day-to-day demand

(Credit: CPI Industry would like to acknowledge and appreciate Dr Toby Peters, Professor in Cold Economy, University of Birmingham, for drafting the three key objectives.)

Event Overview


Whilst the world awaits with bated breath for the emergence of a vaccine to be able to manage COVID-19, to put the menacing threat to human health and the months of economic uncertainty behind us, a crucial question is: “Are we preparing well for the likely unprecedented mobilisation of vials of the potentially life-saving vaccine?” And this is a question not only for the global South, considering how most parts of the world have been caught unawares and exposed as being largely unprepared or underprepared in tackling the pandemic. Indeed, the question needs the undivided attention of global cold chain stakeholders, including policymakers, advisors, end-users and technology-solutions providers.

The importance of a robust cold chain cannot be overemphasised. To quote, Dr Toby Peters, Professor in Cold Economy, University of Birmingham: “The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that, as a result of broken cold chain, there are more than 1.5 million deaths globally from vaccine-preventable diseases every year – 30% of which are among children under five. WHO estimates that more than 25% of some vaccines may be wasted globally every year because of temperature control and logistics failure.”

COVID is placing a burden of the need for global mass mobilisation of vaccines upon us. Such is the nature of SARSCoV-19 that the spread of infection is rapid, and the mortality rate and suffering the world over is deeply worrying. As Shubhashis Dey, Associate Director of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, India, says: “The vaccination program will require millions of citizens of all age group to be vaccinated within a short span of time.”

Hand in hand with that is the need to safely transport and store the vaccines in a sustainable manner, not only from a carbon emissions point of view but also from a reliability angle. The world at large needs off-grid solutions, amongst others.

Vaccine Virtual, the next in the series of webinars by CPI Industry, is a meeting of government bodies, including health ministries; global advisors and policymakers on cold chain; pharmaceutical companies; and cold chain equipment and infrastructure companies. It has an ambitious programme agenda revolving around the need for ensuring vaccine integrity till the last mile, even in places with unreliable electricity-related infrastructure.

About CPI Industry

CPI Industry has the experience of having covered vaccine-related cold chain issues for several years in its flagship publication, Climate Control and of having produced 10 editions of Food Chain (the Cold Chain Food Safety Conference), which over the years has attracted a diverse range of speakers, including from the UN World Food Program, amongst other notable participants. COVID-19 is a compelling enough reason to shift the gaze towards the proper transportation and storage of thermally sensitive vaccines, hence the webinar, Vaccine Virtual.