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World rushes to build ultra-cold networks to deliver COVID vaccines

Developing Asia faces high hurdles to meet deep-freeze temperatures required

An ultralow temperature container to transport COVID-19 vaccines at the headquarters of German logistic hardware producer va-Q-tec in Wuerzburg, Germany.   © Reuters

LONDON/NEW YORK/TOKYO -- As coronavirus vaccines start to come on the market, countries are rushing to tackle the unique logistical challenges presented by worldwide distribution at the ultralow temperatures needed to keep them stable, with developing Asian countries facing some of the most difficult issues.

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