“Those horticulture facilities are refrigerated. It is easy to convert and use for an emergency.”
Companies and governments around the world are racing to establish cold-chain storage and delivery systems for vaccines which must be shipped and stored at ultra-cold temperatures and can only be kept in a standard fridge for up to five days.
Mitchell Cotts has applied for international certification by health authorities to handle the imports, Tanui said, adding that it can handle vaccines which need to be kept as cold as -30 degrees.
The company will modify its existing pharma unit at its $25 million facility at the airport, adding extra cabinets to hold the vaccines, and enhancing security.
“When we designed this, we did not have in mind that a pandemic like COVID will be there and the number of vaccines that will come,” Tanui said.