Half of all vaccines delivered, for example, are wasted due to problems with the ‘cold chain’.
In very hot areas like parts of sub-Saharan Africa, the lack of medical facilities means many people, particularly children, are not vaccinated.
For more information about the problems associated with delivering vaccines see the World Health Organisation's website.
Vaccines, traditionally, need to be refrigerated from the moment of manufacture until just hours before being administered. At higher temperatures, or if they freeze, they lose their potency.
Therefore, wherever and whenever they are needed, a 'cold chain' has to be established to keep them at the correct temperature until used.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated this cost at $200m - $300m per year - enough to vaccinate an additional 10 million children worldwide.
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