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Ultra-low temperature freezers and other cold storage equipment used to preserve reagents, specimens, and therapeutics are invaluable to life science research and the healthcare industry. Their importance rose to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the race for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, ultra-low temperature freezers played a pivotal role in production, transport, and storage of the mRNA vaccines as well as the storage of clinical trial samples in biorepositories globally. Ensuring that cold storage refrigerators and freezers are fit for purpose is crucial to ensure efficacy of the end product before a vaccine goes into an arm.

For mRNA vaccines, ultra-low temperature freezers - 40°C to - 86°C are used in the production process, cold chain transport, and storage at the final destination. SARS-CoV-2 vaccine manufacturers who used more traditional technology did not face the same challenges since production processes and distribution channels for these types of vaccines are already in place. They are stored at 2°C to 8°C.

There are other frozen vaccines on the market, particularly in the US, with similar storage conditions to the Moderna mRNA vaccine, which is shipped at -50°C to -15°C. Currently, the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine is shipped at -80°C to -60°C.

PHCbi brand pharmaceutical refrigerators and biomedical freezers offer a comprehensive selection of storage solutions for high-value vaccines and other biologics. These cabinets are based on high performance refrigeration platforms engineered for reliability, temperature uniformity, fast temperature recovery and tolerance for real-world conditions.

Reliability is the best the PHCbi brand has ever had in ultra-low temperature freezers since their inception and the goal is to increase it even more. One of the most catastrophic events for any lab is to have their ultra-low temperature freezer go down and to lose valuable research.

We continue to innovate to improve energy efficiency and product performance, reduce maintenance, and develop features upon which customers can rely. Displays show performance parameters, warning about maintenance, and adverse events.

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