Vaccine logistics: pharmaceutical stakeholders defend their action

Par ediallo - 21 January, 2021 - 08:46

Faced with the difficult start of the vaccination campaign observed in the territory, the representative organization of pharmaceutical stakeholders recently recalled that health logisticians were in no way responsible for this delay in the start of the campaign.

"There are no logistical problems in the distribution chain of the anti-covid vaccines in France". Faced with the difficult start of the vaccination campaign observed in the country, the representative organization of pharmaceutical distributors recently recalled that health logisticians were in no way responsible for the delay in the start of the campaign.

"The organization of the campaign, which includes distributions, allocations and prioritization, is carried out by Santé Publique France," explains the LogSanté federation, whose members include the companies Aguettant, Alloga, CSP, Ceva Logistics, Welcoop Logistique, Colca MS, FM Health, Laphal Industries, Movianto, Rhenus Logistics, Sanofi Wintrop, and AS Healthcare.

A maximum delay of 12 hours

Pharmaceutical wholesalers therefore play their role as service providers, with the vaccination campaign in metropolitan France now relying on five regional logistics platforms of wholesalers (three of which are owned by LogSanté members) to store vaccines shipped by laboratories, carry out order preparation and ensure deliveries to hospitals, Ephad and long-term care units (USLD).

These last delivery categories are carried out within a maximum of 12 hours and are made directly if the establishments have a pharmacy on duty or via their reference pharmacies if they do not.

Remember that Pfizer vaccine must be stored at -70° C, then thawed before being administered and can be stored for 5 days at a temperature between 2 and 5° C.

"All platforms have super freezers and the transport processes are adapted according to the type of recipient," says Jean-François Fusco, President of LogSanté. Since its market authorization, these platforms also ensure the storage and delivery of the Moderna vaccine, which must be kept at -20° C.

Resource planning

The number of sites delivered has increased steadily since the launch of the vaccination campaign, with the platforms also managing deliveries to the vaccination centers currently operational in France (more than 800).

"This doesn't change anything in the process because it's just a planning of resources," says Jean-François Fusco. But our job is to allocate resources in relation to tasks to be carried out according to a set of specifications".

The arrival of the third vaccine against Covid-19, that of AstraZeneca, should also be taken care of by the logistics platforms of the warehouses, these sites could also be called upon to ensure distribution to pharmacies, since the product can be stored between - 2 and - 8° C.

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