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Danby Appliances Gearing Up to Produce Freezers to Store Future COVID-19 Vaccines at -80C

Jim Estill: “We're pulling out all the stops - A vaccine is no good if it can’t be distributed or stored.”

Published 11/26/2020 | By Cambridge Now Local News

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Danby Ready To Meet The Unique Demand Of Covid Vaccines

Danby Health Is Poised To Distribute Ultra-low Temperature Freezers For North America

Danby Appliances, one of North America’s leading manufacturers and distributors of compact appliances, announced today its efforts to once again assist in the fight against COVID-19 by producing a new line of -122.8° F (-80 C) freezers. With the recent development of COVID-19 vaccinations going to trial, several vaccine candidates, including Pfizer and Moderna, have disclosed the requirement for the vaccine storage to be at low temperatures.

Danby Appliances produces over 500,000 freezers a year and believes they can help with the need for medical freezers when the COVID-19 vaccine goes to market. Danby already has experience making medical fridges with their Danby Health, a medical-grade refrigerator that is equipped for storing temperature sensitive goods.

“Currently there are freezer shortages and I expect the same high demand for medical refrigeration as the vaccines roll out" said Jim Estill, Danby Owner and CEO, speaking to the projected demand for vaccine storage needs.

The current Danby Health lineup is not equipped to reach the low temperatures required for the new vaccines so a new freezer line up is in development.

“The complexity of building an -122.8°F (-80 C) freezer is massive. It’s not at all a simple freezer, but we make half a million freezers a year, so we can do it” said Estill.

Danby’s First hyper-cold line of freezers come in a variety of sizes and specs to meet the demand for the new vaccine storage requirements.

The First freezers available to market will not be available for at least 120 days, which should align with the timing of the demand. It is expected that the low temperature freezers will be required in hospitals, pharmacies, and transportation hubs in order to handle the double dose vaccine required for American and Canadian citizens, roughly 500-800 million doses.

“We are pulling out all the stops. It’s a top priority of the company,” said Estill. “This can make a very meaningful impact in the world. A vaccine is no good if it can’t be distributed or stored.”

Danby has already helped in the fight against COVID by working to assemble 10,000 ventilators, for which they are about 60% complete. They also recently donated 500 air purifers to schools.

"Danby's tag line is 'Do the Right Thing,’” said Estill. "I always encourage everybody to think that way — what is the part that you can do?”

Danby Appliances is looking to join the fight against COVID-19 with its ultra-low temperature freezer lineup to store vaccines.

Jim Estill: CEO and Owner of Danby

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