Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:
To ask Her Majesty's Government what infrastructure they have place to ensure RNA-based COVID-19 vaccines could remain frozen throughout the supply chain.
National preparations for storage of COVID-19 vaccines at the required temperatures are being made by Public Health England to support a national COVID-19 vaccination programme. This includes both the central storage of vaccines and distribution capability across the United Kingdom to the National Health Service. The Vaccine Task Force has also conducted supply chain risk assessments and it is working with potential vaccine suppliers to understand the optimal logistics and timings. Plans are tailored by vaccine as the storage requirements are based on different requirements of the individual vaccine and will cover a wide range of timescales.