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Thermo King launches cold storage solutions to support COVID-19 vaccine distribution 

Portfolio now includes ultra-low temperature solutions to meet emerging needs of pharmaceutical customers 

Thermo King, by Trane Technologies, a global climate innovator, has expanded its portfolio of temporary storage solutions that can meet the unique requirements of global pharmaceutical companies developing COVID-19 vaccines. Thermo King is the global leader in intelligent end-to-end temperature-controlled cold chain solutions.  

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Pharmaceutical companies in final-stage clinical trials anticipate they will require strict temperature controls to safeguard their products – down to temperatures as low as -70 degrees Celsius. Thermo King’s solutions can enable these companies and their distributors to ensure the efficacy of their products through the entire cold chain – from air transport to marine, rail, trailer, last-mile delivery and at storage points along the way.  

“Considering the urgent, global need for a COVID-19 vaccine, the world can’t afford breaks in the cold chain,” said Dave Regnery, President and COO, Trane Technologies. “Our new cold storage solutions can maintain temperatures of -70 degrees Celsius for an extended period of time, can be leveraged to help reduce degradation of a vaccination, and most importantly, could prevent vaccine ‘deserts’ or lack of accessibility.”  

Thermo King with its network of trusted dealers and partners can offer temporary storage solutions that maintain a set point down to -70 degrees Celsius, and can ensure end-to-end temperature control solutions. Additional storage solutions include refrigerated trailers, containers and portable cubes that can easily be scaled and repositioned to other locations as demand changes.  

Kishor Patil, India & SAARC Country leader, Trane Technologies HVAC & Transport said, “We are excited to introduce this end-to-end global solution to the India market to safeguard people’s health and safety by providing the ‘unbroken’ link to cold chain solutions for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. In addition, we will further develop tailored products for local adaptations to meet the growing needs during and beyond the pandemic.” 

“As one of the leading products of the Intermodal Transportation, we also have the SuperFreezer refrigeration unit with ultra-low temperatures down to -70°C that delivers unmatched low-temperature performance to maintain and deliver products of the highest quality, extending shelf life for increased profitability.” Kishor added. 

In addition to launching cold storage solutions, Thermo King has helped customers identify ways to maximise the range of dry ice, which is often used in vaccine transport and storage but has certain limitations. A container using dry ice to keep a product frozen may require re-icing if it sits for an extended length of time or is exposed to extreme ambient weather. Thermo King offers storage solutions that can substantially extend the life of dry ice, or eliminate the need altogether.  

“We have been engaging pharmaceutical and transport companies, policymakers, regulators and other industry partners to discuss ways to strengthen the cold chain,” said Regnery. “We know that we can help mitigate risk – we have a long history in cold chain expertise, and are actively working to innovate and address the complexities and potential challenges of the mass distribution of a temperature-sensitive vaccine.”  

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