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At least 30 3PLs eyed for vaccine storage

  • 28 logistics companies lead the list of potential COVID-19 vaccine storage providers in the Philippines
  • 5 others are being eyed with possibly more roped in

The government is in advanced talks with a number of third-party logistics providers for the storage of COVID-19 vaccines, National Task Force Against COVID-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon said in a briefing on Jan 19.

So far more than 30 companies are being eyed, with government having had discussions with 28; five others will be roped in this week.

Dizon noted, “We need very special facilities for the vaccines to be delivered. This is what they call pharma-grade cold chain facilities or pharma-grade cold storage facilities. These more than 30 companies are the biggest and they have this capacity.”

The 28 companies are:

  1. 2GO
  2. Cebu Pacific
  3. Centiforce
  4. Cold Chain Care
  5. Coolaire
  6. Distriphil
  7. Dynatronics/Braintech
  8. Frabelle Cold Chain
  9. Grepcor Diamonde
  10. Genson Distribution Inc.
  11. IP Biotech Inc.
  12. LBC Express Inc.
  13. M-Fast Logistics
  14. Maersk Shipping
  15. Medical Rescue
  16. Metropac Movers
  17. Novatus Technologies
  18. Orca
  19. PAL
  20. Pharmaserv
  21. Royal Cargo
  22. Royal Cold Storage
  23. SMX Convention Center
  24. Sinobest
  25. Skyjet Airlines
  26. Smart-Tradzt
  27. Vantaztic Inc.
  28. Zuellig

Dizon said there will also be discussions with DB Schenker, DHL Global Forwarding, AAI Worldwide Logistics, Regulus Global and Air Speed on January 21.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. and Department of Health officials “will still talk to different companies and associations like the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines, especially for areas that are in the provinces”, he added.

The storage facilities will be inspected by Galvez, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and other task force members beginning January 20, according to Dizon.

“We have coordinated closely with different vaccine companies to determine what should be done to preserve the vaccines once they arrive in the Philippines. Secretary Galvez also coordinated closely with different private sector companies that can handle these kinds of sensitive medicines,” he said.

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