A Land Cruiser with a medical-grade cooler installed
Designed for transporting crucial shots in developing countries
While in the US and Canada, the infrastructure to distribute crucial medications like vaccines is easy to find, that’s not the case in much of the world. To help, Toyota and the World Health Organisation have built the first vehicle to earn a WHO prequalification to meet the group’s performance, quality, and safety requirements.
The release from Toyota and the WHO said that up to 20 percent of vaccines supplied to developing countries through agencies like GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, and UNICEF are disposed of because they become unusable during transport. That’s nearly half a billion a year in dollars and potentially millions of lives. They’re referring to not just the new COVID-19 vaccines, but to crucial infant and childhood needles.
Based on a Toyota Land Cruiser 78 long-wheelbase chassis, the Toyota Refrigerated Vehicle for Vaccines was made by coachbuilder Toyota Tsusho to cope with the refrigeration needs as well as the requirements of transport in these developing countries.
Mounted to the back of the Land Cruiser is a fridge from B Medical Systems of Luxembourg, a CF850 vaccine-specific model with a storage capacity of 396L, enough for 400 vaccine packages. It has a battery that can keep the fridge in the necessary temperature range for 16 hours without power but can be charged via the Land Cruiser’s engine as well as external power if that power is available.
The PQS Prequalification makes it easier for developing countries to know that the vehicle they’re getting can handle the medical requirements without needing to set their own standards. It also makes support easier, and it’s expected that the vehicles will be able to help use and transport COVID-19 vaccines under the international COVAX agreement.