Life saving Vaccine Cooler

Will Broadway, an engineering student from Loughborough University in the UK invented a realistic new way to deliver life-saving vaccines to remote locations – a portable vaccine cooler.

Read the short article about the device, and/or watch a short video with Year 6-10 Biology students who are interested in technology helping society.

Wordcount / Video Length: 169 / 1:38 mins

The cylindrical vaccine cooling unit with carry handle
The Isobar cooling unit.

Thousands of lives in remote communities worldwide could be saved by a portable vaccine cooler developed by an engineering student. Vaccines need to be kept at 2–8 degrees Celsius. So, when they are taking days to be delivered to far-flung communities, they need to be stored and transported in some sort of temperature-controlled environment.

Most vaccine coolers use ice or cold packs, which freeze the vaccines. But freezing causes vaccines to lose potency, Will Broadway the inventor of a new alternative, told The Guardian. Will is an Industrial Design and Technology student from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.

The cooling system he came up with is called ISOBAR and won a 2016 James Dyson Award. It can be carried in a backpack and keeps vaccines at their optimal temperature for up to 30 days. Importantly, in the event of an emergency, if a vehicle breaks down or if there’s a power outage, the system can be easily recharged using propane – a readily available fuel transported in bottles.

Years: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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Biological Sciences – The Body

Additional – Careers; Engineering

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Biological Sciences – Form and Function