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Joy Belmonte inaugurates QC’s cold storage facility for vaccines

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte led local officials in inaugurating the city’s new cold storage facility which can store vaccines and medicines with controlled cold temperature requirements.

The 105-square meter facility is equipped with a medical grade walk-in freezers consisting of 7 units (5.0 Horsepower) and 1 unit (3.0 Horsepower) Wall Mounted Unit Coolers capable of reaching 2 – 8 degrees Celsius and with negative temperature provision to cool and store COVID-19 vaccines such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Sinovac.

“This is a manifestation of how important public health is for us. We can say that we have come full circle in addressing this pandemic. From testing, isolating, vaccinating and now storing supplies of vaccines for longer shelf life,” Belmonte said.

The cold storage facility is equipped with a digital temperature control and monitoring connected with an alarm system to ensure the safety and quality of medicines. There are also chest-type freezers which provide more storage space particularly for medicines that require below zero temperature storage.

The local government is in partnership with Zuellig Pharma for the storage and logistics of COVID-19 vaccines. But by the end of November, some COVID-19 supplies will be transferred to the QC Cold Room and Storage Facility.