Wisconsin company tracks, controls frigid temps needed for top vaccine candidates
LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- There's optimism across the area and the nation for COVID-19 vaccines. As two companies head to the Food and Drug Administration for approval, CBS 58 is learning more today about the role Wisconsin will play.
Pfizer's vaccine must be stored around minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit. A Lake Geneva-based company, Primex, is involved in the effort to protect top vaccine candidates.
Primex’s OneVue temperature sensor tracks and controls the temperatures of vaccines and alerts health care providers if there is an issue.
Local doctors and other front line workers will be among the first to get the doses once the vaccines get federal approval. As soon as the FDA signs off, Wisconsin health care workers said they'll be ready to get the vaccines.
"It's something that we really need. A lot of health care workers have been quarantining or distancing themselves from their immediate family members -- taking those little extra precautions at home. It's going to be nice to have this added level of protection against coronavirus in your everyday job," said Dr. Brad Burmeister, an emergency physician and member of the Wisconsin Medical Society's COVID-19 task force.
Burmeister also notes that health care workers are optimistic.
"I think people are really just ecstatic about the speed that this vaccine has taken place," Burmeister said.