As the world continues to navigate the pandemic, disparities in access to COVID-19 vaccines persists. The logistics of last mile delivery remains one of the top challenges driving this disparity.
The Ministry of Health of Indonesia knows this challenge too well. With 218 million citizens across 17,000 islands, keeping vaccines at the required 2-8 degree Celsius temperature range for last mile delivery posed significant challenges. Remote locations were not equipped to store vaccines at refrigerated temperatures and the amount of ice required to keep vaccines cool during transit proved too heavy to carry by some modes of transportation.
Through a grant from the UPS Foundation, Red Lightning, a US-based non-profit organization that focuses on disaster aid response, logistics, operations and information systems, began researching temperature-controlled packaging options that support last mile delivery. Their requirements: a solution that was small, compact, lightweight and maintained 2-5 degrees Celsius for a few days.
When the organization initially presented the Peli BioThermal Crēdo Cube™ shipper as an option, the Ministry of Health of Indonesia was skeptical. The Red Lightning and UPS teams independently validated the Crēdo Cube shipper in the extreme temperatures of Jakarta and convinced the Ministry of Health to move forward with the Crēdo Cube shipper and Crēdo ProMed™ carry bag as its temperature-controlled packaging solutions.
Learn more about how Red Lightning, UPS and the Ministry of Health of Indonesia used the Crēdo Cube shipper and Crēdo ProMed carry bag to deliver long-awaited vaccines to three remote locations–Dombu, Lindu and Kantewu–in this video.