By Jennifer McRae

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.

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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.

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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.

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(credit: University of Colorado)

“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.

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The team is working on the patent as they prepare to graduate.

Jennifer McRae