A draw back to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination is that it has to be stored at -70C meaning it “cannot” be delivered to care homes.
A frustrated Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said, “We cannot deliver this vaccine to care homes,” despite them prioritised.
Gething said in a written statement, “From our ongoing discussions with UK government and the manufacturer, and from understanding the conditions under which the vaccine trials have been conducted, we are aware of the challenges of storing, distributing and handling the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
“In particular its need for storage at very low temperatures of below minus -75ºC +/- 15ºC.
“Two specialist sites have been identified as appropriate delivery sites for the vaccine and local Health Boards will collect the vaccines directly from the two sites.
“We have been exploring suitable options for initial deployment of this vaccine, in line with the JCVI advice, bearing in mind the constraints associated its characteristics and the implications for delivery to all groups.
“In practical terms at this stage that we cannot deliver this vaccine to care homes.”
However, the supermarket chain Iceland who know practically everything about freezing goods has offered their assistance.
The Managing Director of Iceland said on Twitter, “Fantastic news that the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine is now approved in the UK.
“As I told the Prime Minister last month, if helpful Iceland stands ready to support with our cold chain logistics.”