Defense Logistics Agency: Susquehanna’s Cold Chain Packing Team named Mission Impact Team of the Quarter
This news item from the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), is interesting because it provides an insight into the DLA Distribution process and scale for vaccine shipments:
The DLA Distribution Susquehanna cold chain packaging team has been named Mission Impact Team of the Quarter for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.
The team successfully received more than 3,400,000 doses of this year’s seasonal flu vaccine. They processed more than 2,300 shipments, equating to approximately 3,800 separate shipping containers. The team also managed the use of 27 refrigerated trucks to complete shipments in a timely and more cost effective manner.
Measurements of the team’s achievements show that not one shipment was compromised. Each shipping container requires explicit protocol compliance, and is calculated out based on quantity of product, size of container required, quantity of frozen gel packs, quantity of chilled gel packs, placement and layering configurations around the product and insertion of a portable temp-tale temperature monitoring device, along with consideration of their destination and their ambient temperatures.
Source: Defense Logistics Agency