Toyota Tsusho, Toyota, and B Medical Systems Announces World’s First WHO PQS Prequalified Refrigerated Vehicle

Toyota Tsusho, Toyota, and B Medical Systems announced today that the vehicle with a dedicated refrigerator for transporting vaccines at the appropriate temperatures developed jointly by the three companies has obtained Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) prequalification for quality of medical devices and equipment as set by the World Health Organization. The company registered for the prequalification is Toyota Tsusho and this is the first refrigerated vehicle for vaccines in the world that has obtained PQS prequalification.

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The refrigerated vehicle for vaccines which obtained PQS prequalification is Toyota Land Cruiser 78 and is equipped with the B Medical Systems’ CF850 vaccine refrigerator. The refrigerator has a storage capacity of 396 liters, or 400 vaccine packages. With its independent battery, the refrigerator can be operated for approximately 16 hours without a power supply. The refrigerator can be charged by the vehicle while driving and from an external power source when parked.

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This refrigerated vehicle for vaccines can now be used under the international framework COVAX, which seeks to distribute vaccines for COVID-19 fairly to developing countries, and its use as a means of transportation for COVID-19 vaccines can also be expected. Toyota Tsusho, Toyota, and B-Medical Systems, will continue to make efforts so that the obtainment of PQS for the refrigerated vehicle for vaccines will contribute to the Safety and Security of the region.