Clicks to help Governments to Distribute and Administer the Covid-19 vaccine

SA’s largest pharmaceutical retailer Clicks says it is in talks with the government to help distribute vaccines for the coronavirus once they are available. This comes as major vaccine developers await approval from medical authorities and as parts of South Africa are in the grips of a second wave of infection. More than 22,200 people have now died from Covid-19 in South Africa.

Clicks said it is talking to government about how it can offer its cold-chain compliant distribution capacity. 

Cold chain distribution systems are necessary in transporting pharmaceutical goods, which require stringent temperature thresholds to be maintained.

All of the current frontrunner Covid vaccines need to be refrigerated. 

The Astrazeneca-Oxford vaccine – which is currently being tested in South Africa – can be kept in a standard refrigerator for at least 6 months. But the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine (also tested in SA) must be kept in ultra-cold freezer for longer periods.

Clicks’ chief commercial officer, Rachel Wrigglesworth said Clicks is “ideally placed” to support the government’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.


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