Restarting global economy depends on tackling ‘last mile’ of vaccine journey, new report says


Restarting the global economy for billions of people will depend on successfully overcoming logistical challenges in the ‘last mile’ of a Covid-19 vaccine’s journey to immunisation stations, according to a new report.

Using cargo drones, mobile cold rooms, portable vaccine micro-chillers and other innovative means of delivering temperature sensitive vaccines to remote towns and villages may make the difference between life and death in low-income countries.

Halting the spread of Covid-19 and safely reconnecting countries to international trade will also kick-start the global economy, but this only be possible with an effective rollout of vaccines to the billions of people who need them. 

Universal vaccine access is already a major challenge in low-income countries, due to the lack of robust refrigerated cooling networks especially to remote communities. Mass vaccination for Covid-19 will need to deliver vaccines globally at scale and speed never before considered. 

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