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Coronavirus

Panasonic's ultracold carrier holds COVID vaccines at minus 70 C

Storage units can keep Pfizer's doses at right temperature for 18 days

Panasonic's cold storage containers can hold either 8 or 23 liters worth of vaccines. (Photo courtesy of Panasonic)

OSAKA -- Panasonic has developed portable containers capable of storing Pfizer coronavirus vaccines safely at the prescribed temperature of minus 70 C.

The carriers, which come in 8- and 23-liter sizes, will be supplied to pharmaceutical and logistics companies on a pilot basis through March. Panasonic looks to put the containers on the wider market in the spring.

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