Transporting vaccines to Antarctica to vaccinate researchers

On October 7, the British Foreign Office said that the country's batch of COVID-19 vaccines had arrived in Antarctica to vaccinate 23 British researchers at the Rotheria research station of the British Antarctic Survey. This is the furthest receiving point for a COVID-19 vaccine in the British Overseas Territory.

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: AFP
AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: AFP

The AstraZeneca vaccine batch was transported by plane with departure from a RAF base in the United Kingdom, flying over Senegal and the Falklands before reaching the Rothera research station in Antarctica.

The transport journey of 16,000 km across 4 continents was made possible in cooperation with the international development organization Crown Agents.

During transportation, the vaccine is stored at the required temperature of 2-8 degrees Celsius. The entire shipping journey has been carefully planned to ensure that the journey is completed in less than 92 degrees. hours to avoid spoiling the vaccine.

Crown Agents CEO Fergus Drake said the foundation has delivered vaccines to "the ends of the Earth", including Pitcairn Island in the Pacific Ocean and the Tristan da Cunha Islands in the South Atlantic.

* On the same day, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that medical supplies for COVID-19 prevention and control for North Korea have arrived in the country and are being quarantined at Nampho seaport.

In its latest weekly report on the epidemic situation in South Asia and East Asia from September 23 to 30, WHO announced that it had begun transporting medical supplies through China's Dalian port located near the North Korean border. Tien. The aid was then transported by ship to the North Korean port city of Nampho.

According to the WTO's representative in North Korea Edwin Salvador, these supplies include first aid kits, medicines and medical supplies for essential medical services...

North Korea closed its border when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out last year. According to WHO, as of September 23, North Korea has tested at least 40,700 people, but none have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

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