The first refrigerators for storage of Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Greece that will use Police, Coast Guard and the Armed Forces for transfer and safeguarding. The COVID-19 vaccines that must be kept at ultra-deep freeze temperatures of -72 Celsius (-161.6 Fahrenheit) for safety and efficacy.
The first vaccines from the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German company BioNTech, are due to arrive on Dec. 26 and the first shots given the day after. The government announced that vaccinations will begin at five hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki on December 27. The first ones in line are a female nurse and an elderly man.
On Sunday, Greece received the special refrigerators for the storage of coronavirus vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech. They arrived ahead of the first consignment of vaccines against the coronavirus.
The refrigerators can each accomodate 80,000 vaccination units, storing them at a temperature of -70C.
Their location has not been disclosed for security reasons, but it is certain they are in Athens, Thessaloniki, Crete, and Thessaly, daily kathimerini reported without identifying sources or giving any attribution.
The operation includes guarding five specially equipped warehouses where the vaccines will be stored after their arrival, watched over by police, the fire brigade, and helicopters and drones used for surveillance.
The vaccines will be transferred to the 1,108 vaccination centers – which will increase over time – in special refrigerator trucks with police escorts. The plan foresees 750 transfers per day with planes taking it to islands and other areas. [tornosnews, amna]