Extreme Logistics: UPS Delivers Influenza Vaccine to Laos

June 20, 2013. UPS web site. Untitled 2

See how UPS helps get the flu vaccine to pregnant women in Laos, like Alani, who is featured in this animated video.

Recently, UPS partnered with bioCSL, based in Australia, Laos Ministry of Health, and others to deliver nearly 100,000 doses of flu vaccine to Laos, where flu season was fast-approaching. The Laos Ministry of Health administered the flu vaccine to people at high risk of flu-related complications including pregnant women and people over fifty. Laos is not only extremely remote, but the flu vaccines must be kept within a strict temperature range throughout transport of 2°- 8° C.

Last year, we completed a similar move of influenza vaccine to Laos, where, as part of Laos’ first-ever seasonal flu vaccination campaign, 90 percent of the vaccine was administered by in-country teams to target populations over the course of just two weeks. Over the past few years, Laos Ministry of Health had worked closely with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization to develop capacity to manage a seasonal influenza vaccination program.

The Laos 2013 move represents a true healthcare logistics feat. This move was possible due to UPS Temperature True ® air freight service, which uses our network of global control towers and provides around-the-clock temperature monitoring, allowing for intervention in the event of a temperature excursion. The temperature-sensitive vaccines were transported utilizing eight innovative PharmaPort 360 air freight containers specially designed to protect temperature-sensitive healthcare products. Doses of flu vaccine traveled in two separate shipments over 4,700 miles, all the while maintaining a constant temperature range and within three days.

And remember the move from last year? Check it out in this video.