Hospitals, states and cities across the country are panic-buying freezers to store Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, which requires ultra-cold temperatures for storage, even as the Centers for Disease Control cautioned them to hold off.
The scramble comes amid news from the drug giant that the new vaccine requires storage at temperatures of minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit, which is far below the standard for other vaccines that require temperatures of between minus 36-46 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a report.
Some freezer makers are already warning of long waits for the specialized units.
In August, the CDC urged health care providers not to purchase the ultra low temperature (ULT) freezers, saying it was working on solutions for Pfizer’s “very complex storage and handling requirements,” according to Reuters. A CDC spokeswoman said last week that the first vaccine doses will likely be parceled out in limited quantities and used immediately, reducing the necessity of storage in the ultra low temperature freezers.
But the news last week that the Pfizer vaccine is 90% effective against the coronavirus in early clinical trials, spurred a rush of orders on the specialized freezer units, the news agency reported.
With Post wires
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