How mRNA Technology Is Changing the Fight Against Diseases Like COVID 

The world is facing a dire situation of a pandemic disease now and the only remedy is mRNA technology which has given us crucial mRNA vaccines to treat covid. 

However, this isn’t the end of it. mRNA technology is the future of finding cures to cancer and other infectious diseases as it develops into a potential medicinal innovation tool but the world largely remains unaware of that and that’s what macroeconomist Maurits Kuypers from the University of Amsterdam has chronicled in an article...

Exclusive: Chao acknowledges COVID-19 challenges for transportation sector

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will face challenges in 2021 as it works to help distribute COVID-19 vaccines, but the agency is up to the task, according to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao.

In a Friday farewell letter obtained by FreightWaves that was emailed to department employees, Chao stated that the men and women at DOT “have had an integral role” in helping the country get through the pandemic, and that transporting vaccines is the key to getting back to normal.

“In the...

Kuehne + Nagel lands global logistics deal for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

A big truck with a blue cab and white trailer backed into a loading dock.

Kuehne + Nagel will provide global warehousing and distribution for Moderna Inc.’s (NASDAQ: MRNA) new COVID-19 vaccine, the Swiss third-party logistics powerhouse said Thursday.

The news follows Wednesday’s approval by the European Commission for the drug to be administered on a conditional basis. The EU has ordered 160 million doses from Moderna and the first deliveries to European countries from Moderna’s dedicated non-U.S. supply chain are expected to begin next week, according to the...

Fresh-Tuna Freezers ‘Repurposed’ To Transport COVID19 Vaccines

  • Industrial freezers first created to ship perishable foods like fresh tuna to Japan have been retrofitted to ship the newly-approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The doses can be transported in freezers like those from Thermo King, which have been proven to keep supermarket- and restaurant-grade tuna at -76 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The vaccine has to stay ice-cold to remain effective, since it uses a new kind of immunization technology called mRNA, or messenger RNA.

Thermo King, an industrial...

Moderna Phase 3 Vaccine Fulfils Interim Targets of 95% Efficacy

In a major development, Moderna has posted an updated protocol for its Phase 3 study of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine on December 23. 

The protocol reflects inclusion of Amendment 6 from Dec. 23, 2020. 

What is in it?

The purpose of this amendment is to inform all ongoing study participants of the availability of and eligibility criteria of any COVID-19 vaccine made available under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and to offer participants who originally received placebo in this study the...

Delay in Covid 19 Vaccination in US, A Sight of Concern Says Top Doctor

  • According to analysis from NBC News, it could take the US nearly a decade to vaccinate enough Americans to bring the pandemic under control at its current pace.
  • President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday said the Trump administration is falling “far behind” on vaccinations.
  • Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, said the problem lies with the federal government.
  • It has bucked the responsibility of vaccine distribution to already overwhelmed state health departments.


Russia ships Sputnik vaccine to Argentina on passenger jet

A blue-and-white jet comes in for landing with wheels down.

Sixty-three years after the Soviet Union took an early lead in the space race by launching Sputnik, the first Earth-orbiting satellite, Russia is in the middle of  the COVID-19 vaccine race.

Last week, passenger carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas transported the first batch of 300,000 Sputnik V doses from Moscow to Buenos Aires on a cargo-only flight. The “V” stands for vaccine.

The Airbus A330-200 carried nine insulated containers with 59 cases of the two-dose vaccine, a representative for...

A Separate Register For Those Who Say ‘No’ To Covid 19 Vaccine

  • Spain is to set up a register of people who refuse to be vaccinated against coronavirus and share it with other European Union nations.
  • Spain has been one of the countries in Europe worst affected by the virus.
  • It is not a document which will be made public and it will be done with the utmost respect for data protection.

According to a recent news article published in the BBC, Spain is planning to keep a separate register of those who are unwilling and refusing to take covid vaccine.

The list...

The Daily Dash: $100M for project44; COVID forces Amazon warehouse shutdown

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, project44 has secured $100 million in funding to help it continue to scale its business as it works toward an initial public offering. Plus, Amazon was forced to close a warehouse days before Christmas because of rising COVID cases, and McKesson has started shipping Moderna’s vaccine.

$100 million for project44

Project44 announced it has closed a Series D financing round of $100 million as customers...

McKesson distribution centers ship first Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

Insulated boxes move down assembly line at distribution center.

McKesson Corp., the giant health care distributor selected by the U.S. government to manage logistics for the COVID-19 vaccine immunization campaign, on Sunday began pushing out millions of doses of Moderna Inc.’s (NASDQ: MRNA) product in the back of FedEx and UPS trucks.

On Monday, the express carriers will begin making deliveries to nearly 3,300 local dosing sites, and priority health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities will get vaccinated.

The U.S. Food and Drug...

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