Optimizing Vaccine Cold Chains and Logistics with RFID
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 50% of vaccines lose their efficacy globally every year due to the lack of proper temp control, logistics, or shipment related issues.
Pharmaceutical temperature control — typically referred to as the vaccine cold chain — has been a well-recognized challenge in the healthcare world for many years. Proactive logistics management is critical to ensure timely and successful vaccine delivery. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags and monitoring enabled by wireless networks enforce accountability and provide timely, relevant data to make key decisions. Smart packaging tracks shipping progress and reduces damage in transit.
Identiv has tried-and-true technology and methodology to monitor temperature, logistics, and shipment quality of each dose from initial production though the last mile of delivery.
“Identiv’s expertise with RFID tagging is a natural fit to streamline supply chain operations. RFID tracking enables large-scale logistics optimizations, ensuring the right doses are in the right places at the right time. The last-mile problem is so severe that the WHO recommends a single person per vaccination facility manages all logistics; RFID tracking reduces the end-to-end overhead, improving accountability and reliability even for delivery of each dose. RFID labels, including passive RFID tags, makes it easy for handlers to determine the contents, source, and destination of each shipment, reducing errors in the distribution and shipping process.”
Dr. Manfred Mueller, Identiv GM Transponders