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Singapore-based Zuellig Pharma up for challenge to deliver Covid-19 vaccines at sub-zero temperatures in Asia

CEO John Graham says the No. 1 distributor of vaccines in Asia is up for the challenge to deliver Covid-19 vaccines at sub-zero temperatures

Zuellig Pharma chief executive John Graham says there is a good chance of vaccinating everyone in Asia, but the difficulty is in predicting the time frame this can be done. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
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Now that the excitement about discovering vaccines to combat Covid-19 has somewhat climaxed, the focus is turning to how to get these preventive shots from laboratories and into the immune systems of eagerly waiting patients without contamination along the way, or loss of potency.

Indeed, that may prove the difficult part, especially in an Asia where temperatures in some parts can rise to 50 deg C, asphalt-covered roads can sometimes be a memory, and distances from warehouses to villages vast as in countries like Indonesia or the Philippines.

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