BPOM: Temperature key to maintaining COVID-19 vaccine quality

BPOM: Temperature key to maintaining COVID-19 vaccine quality

Chief of the Drug and Food Control Agency (BPOM), Penny K Lukito (right), inspects   public health service post Abiansemal I, Badung, Bali on Thursday (March 4, 2021).

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chief of the Drug and Food Control Agency (BPOM), Penny K Lukitosaid to maintain the quality of COVID-19 vaccines during distribution, the temperature at which they are stored needs to be closely supervised.

"The COVID-19 vaccines which are currently being distributed must be kept at a temperature of 2-8 degrees Celsius. The temperature during the delivery and storage of COVID-19 vaccines must always be maintained to prevent any decline in the quality of vaccines till they reach end-users,” she said in a written statement released on Thursday.

To that end, BPOM is continuously supervising the vaccine supply chain, including pharmaceutical firms and government pharmaceutical installations (IFP) at provincial and district levels, till the vaccine is administered to people.

In addition, BPOM has drawn attention to the need for competent IFP managers. IFP managers handling vaccines must be competent and apply good distribution practices along the distribution channel to maintain quality, it stated.

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