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South Africa: Renergen pioneers cold storage solution for coronavirus vaccine transport

By David Whitehouse
Posted on Thursday, 3 June 2021 16:44

Stefano Marani, CEO of Renergen, speaks during the media launch of Renergen's working prototype cold-chain storage called Cryo-Vacc, that can keep Covid-19 vaccines ultra-cold during transportation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 15, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

South Africa’s emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen is branching out into cold storage solutions for covid vaccine transportation.

The company’s Cryo-Vacc innovations have the potential to make a contribution to the company’s bottom line, CEO Stefano Marani tells The Africa Report. While it’s too early to judge how much Cryo-Vacc can add to profit, the patented invention “has the potential to be quite material in the near future,” Marani says in Johannesburg.

Getting sufficient Covid-19 doses for Africa is only part of the problem. The need for vaccines, such as that developed by Pfizer, to be stored at ultra-low temperatures creates a major logistical problem, especially in moving the vaccines to rural areas.