Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Health/Chief Sanitary Doctor Viktor Liashko has announced that Farmasoft LLC, a logistics company, has been selected via a tender to handle the logistics of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which needs to be stored and transported in ultra-low temperatures, in Ukraine.

The CFTS portal reported this, citing the Interfax Ukraine news agency.

"The open tender was organized by the USAID’s Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) project, which the MSH (Management Sciences for Health) international organization is implementing in accordance with international procurement procedures. The Farmasoft logistics company has been selected to handle the transportation and safe storage of the COVID-19 vaccine at ultra-low temperatures," said Liashko.

According to him, meetings will be organized with the winner of the tender soon to plan and develop a step-by-step plan for reception, storage, and distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

"We are ready to receive 117,000 doses of the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech as the first delivery from COVAX," Liashko said.

Farmasoft has been operating in the pharmaceutical logistics market for over 20 years. The company owns a warehouse complex with ​​2,800 square meters of space, which is located 10 kilometers from the Boryspil international airport. The complex includes zones and separate rooms for various temperature regimes, including temperatures of up to -80 °C and liquid nitrogen, dedicated quarantine zones, zones for storage of controlled and dangerous groups of drugs, and archive zones.

As reported, the United States began an operation involving transportation of COVID-19 vaccines in December last year, when three FedEx, UPS, and Boyle Transportation trucks carrying the first Pfizer vaccines arrived at an international airport near Lansing. FedEx Express and UPS Airlines then flew the vaccines to the relevant hubs, from where they were distributed throughout the United States.

As the CFTS portal reported, the DHL company will manage the logistics of the coronavirus vaccine in Germany. DHL will store approximately 2 million doses of vaccine and 350 pallets of related medical supplies in its warehouses for distribution throughout the region.