B MEDICAL SYSTEMS INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST WHO PQS PREQUALIFIED REFRIGERATED VEHICLES FOR VACCINES TRANSPORTATION

B Medical systems introduces World First WHO PQS prequalified refrigerated vehicles for vaccines transportation. PHOTO /MARY KIBE

B Medical Systems Introduces World’s First WHO PQS Pre-qualified refrigerated vehicle for Vaccine Transportation.

 

 

 

By Mary Kibe

 

 

 

  • Technology facilitates end-to-end cold chain movement of vaccines to reduce vaccines waste and reach populations in remote areas.

 

  • Innovation has received a World Health Organization (WHO) Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) prequalification and can reliably transport vaccines or any other specimens in a 2-8 °C temperature range

 

 

 

B Medical Systems, a global leader in the vaccine cold chain

industry in partnership with Toyota Tsusho Corporation have

announced plans to roll out world’s first refrigerated vehicle or

vaccine and cold specimen transportation in Africa. The technology

which was recently unveiled in across the world will facilitate the

safe delivery of vaccines to remote areas in their right temperature.

 

 

 

 

The Innovation, the first of its kind in the industry has received a

Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) prequalification from the

World Health Organization (WHO) and can reliably transport

vaccines or any other specimens in a 2-8 °C temperature range. It is

expected to solve the perennial challenge of vaccines wastage and

vial breakage in many countries caused by the lack of a reliable

end-to-end cold chain movement of vaccines especially to remote

areas in their right temperature.

 

 

 

 

The successful rollout of immunization programs depends on the

quality of the vaccine supply chain and the ability to provide a cold

chain until the last mile. However, with several health centers

located in extremely remote, rural, hostile terrains with minimal

road infrastructure, delivering an end-to-end cold chain can be

challenging.

 

 

 

 

The product brings together the legacy and expertise of Toyota

Tsusho Corporation and B Medical Systems in the field of

automobiles and vaccine cold chain, respectively The WHO

prequalifies products and devices so that member states and UN

purchasing agencies are assured of their suitability for use in

immunization programs.  Countries across the world can now

procure this solution for the reliable transportation of vaccines.

 

 

 

 

“Last-mile has always been the weakest link in the vaccine cold

chain. In several regions across the world, the last mile health

centers are in remote areas that are difficult to access due to the

terrain and infrastructure. We are extremely excited to bring such a

solution to the market along with Toyota. The refrigerated vaccine

vehicle can easily travel through rough terrains and narrow roads

delivering vaccines even to the most remote health posts, thereby

ensuring an effective last-mile vaccine cold chain delivery. The

design of the solution also ensures that none of the vials are broken

during the delivery process, eliminating vaccine wastage, which is

otherwise common in refrigerated trucks. We are very happy that

the product received the PQS prequalification. The combined

solution has the power to revolutionize the way vaccines are

delivered until the last mile.’’- said Mr. Luc Provost, CEO of B

Medical Systems.

 

 

 

 

Provost added that company is now in talks with various countries

in Africa with a view to introducing this technology to their

markets.

 

 

 

 

 

“This solution can now be used under the international framework

of COVAX, which seeks to distribute vaccines for COVID-19 fairly to

developing countries, and its use as a means of transportation for

COVID-19 vaccines is also expected. The companies have started the

manufacturing of the refrigerated vehicles and expect to ship the

first batch in the coming weeks,” he added.

 

 

 

 

The refrigerated vehicle has a B Medical Systems vaccine

refrigerator with a storage capacity of 396L incorporated into a

Toyota Land Cruiser 78. The vaccine refrigerator is powered via the

vehicle while in motion and can also be powered by an external

regular electric supply when parked. The vehicle provides almost a

day’s autonomy, in the absence of any power supply. This solution

also has temperature loggers that provide an overview of the

storage conditions.

 

 

 

 

B Medical Systems has been consistently bringing to the market

solutions that can solve the problems faced by healthcare

professionals around the world when it comes to the storage and

transport of vaccines. The company has to its credit several

innovative solutions like the Health Center Kit, Remote

Temperature Monitoring Devices, solar direct drive refrigerator

with an autonomy of 30 days, etc.

 

 

 

 

B Medical Systems is a global leader in the vaccine cold chain and

has a legacy of more than 40 years. The company manufactures

medical-grade vaccine refrigerators, laboratory freezers, ultra-low

freezers, and transport boxes that can store and transport any

vaccine in the temperature range of -86 °C to 8 °C. B Medical

Systems has been working closely with governments across the

world to strengthen their national immunization programs,

medical refrigeration, and blood cold chain.  More recently, B

Medical Systems has been working with governments across the

world for the effective and efficient rollout of the COVID-19

vaccines. Its recent projects include the COVID-19 vaccine cold

chain projects in Luxembourg, France, Germany, Indonesia, USA,

Mexico, etc.

 

 

 

About B Medical Systems

 

 

 

B Medical Systems S.a r.l. is a global manufacturer and distributor

of vaccine cold chain and medical refrigeration solutions. Based in

Hosingen, Luxembourg, the company was founded in 1979, when

WHO approached the Swedish manufacturing giant Electrolux, to

provide a solution to safely store and transport vaccines around the

world. Across the 3 major business portfolios of Vaccine Cold Chain,

Medical Refrigeration, and Blood Management solutions, the

company offers 100+ products. B Medical Systems’ major products

include Vaccine Refrigerators (Ice-Lined and Solar Direct Drive

Refrigerators (SDD)), Laboratory Refrigerators, Laboratory

Freezers, Pharmacy Refrigerators, Ultra-Low Freezers, and

Transport boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

All products have integrated 24*7 remote monitoring capabilities

that further ensure that these products offer the highest level of

safety and reliability. B Medical Systems’ products are used across

135+ countries and have an installed base of more than 400,000

products across the world. B Medical Systems’ has been a long-

trusted partner of global humanitarian organizations like UNICEF,

WHO, Red Cross and has extensive experience of working with

Ministries of Health, hospitals, research organizations, universities,

and blood transfusion organizations across the world. B Medical

Systems also has a subsidiary in Noblesville, USA.

 

 

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