Our Federal Member tours COVID safe storage facilities

Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton and Deputy Prime Minister Michael
McCormack inspecting DHL’s cold storage facilities last week. ▪ Photo contributed

Plans for the complex distribution process and safe and secure storage of the COVID-19 vaccines across Australia are well in hand.

DHL Supply Chain’s large scale ultra-cold storage infrastructure has been chosen by the Australian Government to keep safe Australia’s supply of 20 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses, which need to be stored at between minus 60 and 80 degrees.

Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communities and Local Government (and our Federal Member) Mark Coulton recently inspected the storage facility with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack.

“The Government is committed to ensuring every Australian receives safe, effective vaccines, wherever they live,” Mr Coulton said.

“We all understand how vast Australia is and the challenges we face delivering these vaccines to everyone, with more than a third of our population living outside capital cities.

“That’s why we are partnering with highly-experienced logistics professionals to ensure we have the capacity to deliver on our national vaccination plan.

“Every person living in regional, rural, and remote Australia can rest assured they will have access to safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as their city cousins.”

Mr Coulton said Australians will soon begin to receive their two-shot vaccine regime, with priority populations set to receive their first doses at the end of the month.