The vaccine cold transport project began in the spring 2018 semester. There are 2 subteams: Active Transport and Passive Transport.
The VCT team is working to develop a low-cost means of transporting vaccines at the necessary temperature range longer than current on-the-market options to address the cold chain issue. The cold chain is the name of the supply chain that brings vaccines to their required destinations. It’s called a cold chain because of the difficulty associated with transporting and storing vaccines: they need to be kept at consistently cool temperatures of two to eight degrees Celsius throughout transportation and storage. In places like Africa, successfully managing such a supply chain is difficult because of the rural areas. It’s hard to bring refrigerated trucks to them and unreliable power can cause vaccines in storage to be rendered ineffective.