The U.S. AG-industry is doing its part to ensure COVID vaccines can be stored properly.
Syngenta has donated three freezers from Thermo Scientific and Forma Scientific to hospitals in Iowa and North Carolina.
The vaccine from Moderna, for contrast, can be stored between 2° and 8°C (36° to 46°F). The Thermo and Forma Scientific freezers can reach temperatures as low as -86°C (-122.8°F).
“These are specialty freezers, they’re obviously not your domestic freezer for keeping your ice cream,” Ian Jepson, site manager of the RTP Innovation Center in North Carolina, told Farms.com. “We use these in life sciences research for storage of DNA, RNA and antibodies, so they’re well suited for vaccines.”
The research site in North Carolina has nearly 50 freezers it uses for ultra-low temperature storage.
"A local hospital in Iowa initially contacted Syngenta researchers voicing concerns about having the ability to store the COVID vaccine, as hospitals aren’t generally equipped with these kinds of storage equipment," Jepson said.