BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Some students at the University of Colorado are working on a solution to get more COVID-19 vaccines into rural communities. It’s been tough so far because of the cold temperatures that most vaccines must be stored.
Some mechanical engineering students at CU have developed the “Porta Vax.” It’s essentially a portable device that refrigerates up to 250 doses and keeps them cold for several days by using insulation and dry ice.READ MORE: Englewood Police: Officer-Involved Shooting Takes Place Outside Apartment Complex
The team at CU is working with a team in India to test the prototype. The goal is to get the COVID vaccine into areas where large-scale clinics are not possible.READ MORE: National Park Service Wants To Increase Entrance Fee To Bent's Old Fort
“For us here in the United States, it’s a lot easier for us to get in our car or possibly a bus and go to that large-scale vaccination center. For a lot of the world that’s unfortunately not a possibility for them,” said one student.MORE NEWS: Highway 160 Reopens After Heavy Snow Forced Safety Closure Over La Veta Pass
The team is working on the patent as they prepare to graduate.