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Boise Company Monitors Frigid Temps Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Morry Gash
AP File Photo
In this Dec. 13, 2020 file photo, boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Mich.

Idaho health care workers began receiving their first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday. It was a day we’ve all been waiting for and gives a glimmer of hope during the most deadly phase of the pandemic in Idaho. But how exactly is the vaccine being handled to ensure it will do its job and protect folks against the coronavirus?

The Pfizer vaccine in Idaho right now — which was the first to receive emergency authorization from the FDA — needs to be kept at extreme cold temperatures. Minus 70 degrees Celsius, to be exact. 

Cold storage of the vaccine is one part of the puzzle. The other piece? Having an accurate monitoring system to alert the people delivering and administering it if things go wrong. 

One of the companies in charge of this part of the Herculean U.S. vaccine effort is a Boise-based company. Nick Ioli and Lindsay Meloy of AmericanPharma join Idaho Matters live to talk about this huge undertaking.

As COVID-19 cases spread through the U.S. and Idaho, we’re committed to keeping you updated and informed. You can get updated info on cases, closures and how to stay healthy at any time on our Coronavirus news blog.

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!