The objective of the vaccine cold transport team is to design and create an innovative device to improve the current inefficiencies in the vaccine cold chain in developing countries. Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health interventions in recent history and saves two to three million lives every year according to UNICEF. Unfortunately, vaccinations are not available to everyone due to an ineffective vaccine cold chain that is unable to successfully deliver viable vaccines to those who need them. The transport team is rising to the challenge of improving vaccine cold transport by creating an innovative vaccine transport container that will increase the amount of people that are able to be vaccinated in remote areas.
The cold transport vaccine container was built to functionally transport five-hundred doses of vaccines to immunization clinics in developing areas of Nigeria. The main criteria for this design include a cold core, multiple vaccine storage units, another core to surround the vial units and the main cold core, an external shell, and an easily accessible and probable lid, and sensor system.