In balmy Singapore, a tiny island nation that sits almost directly on the equator, it’s usually flowers, meat and seafood that gets whipped away into SATS’s cool rooms upon landing at Changi Airport. Now one of the world’s biggest ground handlers is gearing up for a more vital task.

Like cargo operators everywhere, SATS is preparing for the arrival of its first shipment of vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech later this month. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said this week that the country, which has a population of around 5.5 million, should have enough vaccines for everyone by the third quarter. Multiple bets have been placed, with Moderna and Sinovac Biotech jabs lined up as other potential candidates.

In anticipation, SATS has doubled production of dry ice needed to keep the Pfizer vaccine at the required storage temperature of minus 70 degrees Celsius. The company has also purchased two cool dollies, like giant freezers, to move the vaccines around on the ground.

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