50 per cent of the vaccines get wasted globally per year during distribution, especially during last-mile delivery, according to the World Health Organization. The primary reason behind this is due to poor control over temperature these temperature sensitive vaccines undergo thermal degradation. Vaccines including Covid-19 vaccines to hold on to their efficacy and potency, it will need powerful cold chain equipment, especially in the last mile where it has to go along in a complex journey. To bridge the gap and make sure that the vaccines are not wasted especially in the last-mile delivery, a Manipal based startup – Blackfrog Technologies is taking vigorous actions.
This startup is talking with the government authorities about the distribution of its solutions. They are referring to Emvolio, a portable carrier where the temperature can be regulated to ensure safe last-mile transportation of vaccines. This can be used for other biological products as well, for example, blood serum, specimens, and also medicines.
This Emvolio is already being used in four states of India – Manipur, Bihar, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu to make sure that the vaccines, both regular and covid-19, do not get wasted in the last-mile delivery.
Safe Last-mile Delivery Vaccines By Blackfrog Technologies
Both the covid-19 vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin are freeze sensitive and are needed to be stored in cool places that have a temperature of 2 to 8 degrees celsius and Emvolio that has been designed according to WHO PQS E003 specifications that allow pre-set temperature for over 12 hours.
Last month, Blackfrog Technologies that is supported by BIRAC and Tata Trust in partnership with SELCO Foundation and SVYM Hospital provided aid to make sure that over 1580 vaccines reached the end consumers without any thermal degradation.
In the same month, the startup that has been backed by the C-CAMP in an act that has been promoted by the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Indian Government has received support from the CSR for the production and distribution of 100 Emvolio units that will deliver the vaccines in the states of Assam and Manipur.
The team that is led by two other co-founders – Donson D’Souza and Ashlesh Bhat is also engaged on an additional 50 units for the states of Bengaluru and Tamil Nadu.
The Economic Burden Of Vaccine Wastage
Emvolio was formulated by a four year old start-up Blackfrog Technologies to ensure the improved capability of the supply of immunization and also make sure a strong, non breakable cold chain system.
The company got support from “Department of Biotechnology” (BIRAC), Qualcomm, and impacted investors for instance “Social Alpha and Venture Centre”. They developed this portable device after thorough research and repeated tests for more than three years.
They further explain the advantages of their product by saying that this product will be of great use in hot regions like Africa and South Asia and also in cold regions like East Europe where freezing is an issue. But now the main priority for Blackfrog Technologies is to decrease the economic burden of vaccine wastage in the last-mile delivery.