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Cold chain doubts delay COVID-19 vaccinations in some German cities By Reuters

Cold chain doubts delay COVID-19 vaccinations in some German cities By Reuters
Cold chain doubts delay COVID-19 vaccinations in some German cities

Germany begins vaccinations against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's coronavirus vaccination campaign faced delays in several cities on Sunday after temperature trackers showed that about 1,000 of the shots made by BioNTech and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE ) may not have been kept cold enough during transit.In Germany, similar temperature issues also delayed the start of the vaccination campaign in the southern Bavarian districts of Augsburg and Dillingen, where staff eventually got clearance from BioNTech to use the shots.Germany's vaccination campaign officially kicked off on Sunday with residents of elderly care homes being inoculated."When reading the temperature loggers that were enclosed in the cool boxes, doubts arose about the compliance with the cold chain requirements," the district of Lichtenfels in the north of Germany's largest state, Bavaria, said in a statement.

The vaccine, which uses new so-called mRNA technology, must be stored at ultra-low temperatures of about -70 degrees Celsius (-112°F) before being shipped to distribution centres in specially designed cool boxes filled with dry ice.The cool boxes designed by Pfizer are fitted with GPS trackers so the companies can deal with potential storage issues en route.

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