Transvaco, a nine-carriage, vaccination train that can store more than 100 000 jabs was launched in Gauteng on Thursday. The train will travel across SA and help residents get vaccinated.
Transnet’s “vaccine train”, named Transvaco, began its mission to help South Africa reach herd immunity on Thursday, 19 August. The state-of-the-art locomotive will distribute COVID-19 vaccines across the length and breadth of the country, according to the state-owned logistics company.
TRANSNET VACCINE TRAIN
Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Transport MEC Jacob Mambolo and Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina were at the opening of the Transvaco train at a pop-up vaccination site in Springs, Gauteng on Thursday morning.
The train, which was built by Transnet’s manufacturing division – Transnet Engineering, has advanced vaccine facilities including low-temperature fridges and enough storage space for up to 108 000 vials of different types of COVID-19 vaccine.
The Transvaco consists of nine carriages – two for accommodation, a kitchen, dining cart, storage, security and a vaccination carriage with consulting rooms. The design is based on the Phelophepa health trains that have been providing healthcare services to disadvantaged communities across the country for more than two decades.
The Transnet vaccine train will also seek to provide potentially lifesaving vaccines to communities in remote parts of the country and places where the healthcare system is struggling to cope with the demand for jabs.
“The conceptualization began in Nov/Dec 2020. We literally ‘put the spade in the ground’ and got on with manufacturing it. This train is important to South Africa. Every single thing we do as an organisation, resonates somewhere in South Africa,” said Transnet CEO Ralph Mills.
After another breaking development on Thursday, the Transvaco will now be able to provide vaccination to all adults in South Africa after the government announced that the rollout will be expanded to those aged between 18 and 34 from Friday, 20 August.
Source- The South African