Since the invention of the first “arm-to-arm” inoculations in the late 18th century, vaccines have saved millions of lives, with over 2 million unnecessary deaths prevented last year alone. Recent advances in technology have also meant that these vaccines are increasingly available to people who need them across the globe. However, some remote reaches of the globe (and, indeed, the United States) have unreliable electricity. In the event of a natural disaster, a scientific refrigerator or lab freezer may experience a power outage at the exact moment that people are in desperate need of medical care. In those instances, here are the steps you should take to prevent vaccine spoilage.
First, and most importantly, do not open the door.
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