Mercedes-Benz Atego Transporting Vaccinaes in Brandenburg
In pharmaceutical logistics, nothing can be left to chance: the health of the population is bound with great responsibility. The public tender for delivering Covid-19 vaccines in the Brandenburg region was won by Unitax-Pharmalogistik GmbH. The company specialises in handling medicines and has 30 years of experience in maintaining the highest of transport standards using a modern fleet equipped with constant remote monitoring. The Unitax fleet is made up entirely of powerful Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles and currently has six Atego 15-tonne trucks and six Sprinter vans carrying out the daily transport of approved vaccines. All of these vehicles are equipped with a refrigerated body certified in accordance with the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) requirements. These include such things as location and temperature tracking, as well as a fluid-sealed box body with easy-to-clean aluminium flooring.
In the Unitax logistics centre in Schönefeld near Berlin, commissioning of the delivered vaccinations and their subsequent distribution into the Sprinter and Atego vehicles takes place. From here, the valuable freight is transported to around 50 hospitals and residential care homes, as well as to the eleven vaccination centres dotted around the state. The longest route takes the drivers to Elsterwerder 150 kilometres away.
Unitax puts its trust in the Atego for supplying the vaccination centres. "The vaccines themselves don't take up much space, so there's also plenty of room in the Atego for syringes, disinfectant and other components which are also needed for administering the vaccinations. This equipment is also destined for the mobile vaccination teams," says André Reich in reference to the capacity utilisation of the vehicles.
Transporting vaccination dose boxes is subject to strict temperature-control requirements. Regularly calibrated measuring equipment continuously provides drivers and dispatchers with data and warns them in the event of a sudden rise in temperature. In such cases, the journey has to be terminated because the freight is simply too sensitive. That's why it's essential to have well-trained personnel who take extra care and who have reliable tools at their disposal.