Bengaluru airport well-equipped to handle storage of COVID-19 vaccines, says BIAL
BIAL also said it processed 34,339 metric tonnes (mt) of cargo in October, recording a 26-month high in tonnage.
November 26, 2020 / 08:55 AM IST
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Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) on November 25 said it is prepared to handle storage of COVID-19 vaccines.
Satyaki Raghunath, the chief strategy and development officer at BIAL, said the Kempegowda International Airport has cold storage facilities with temperatures as low as -15 degree celsius, according to a Mint report.
Raghunath also noted that experimental vaccines against the novel coronavirus have different storage temperatures and are at various stages of trials.
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"So till we get to know which vaccine it is premature to comment on it. But from our perspective we have very good cold storage facilities where we can go all the way till -15 degree celsius," Raghunath said as quoted by the paper.
BIAL also said it processed 34,339 metric tonnes (mt) of cargo in October, recording a 26-month high in tonnage, the report said.
As some vaccine candidates enter the last stage of clinical trials, the government and airports are making preparations for storage, transportation and distribution.
The Centre is planning to set up air freight stations (AFS)
to enable direct movement of vaccines from pharmaceutical factories to the aircraft, according to a Business Standard report.