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Customs clearance and transportation of coronavirus vaccines

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Russians will be able to choose which COVID-19 vaccine to vaccinate. In addition to domestic vaccines, imported vaccines will be available. This was announced by the deputy director for scientific work of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Gorelov. The import rules will not be the same, some of the drugs can be imported into Russia using a relatively simple scheme. At the same time, our vaccines will be and are even already being exported abroad.


Types of vaccines

The global need for a coronavirus vaccine is 4-5 billion doses. There are 47 covid vaccines at different stages in the world. About a quarter of them are already in clinical trials at the final stage. These are vaccines with different mechanisms of action. In the future, it is planned, after identifying the indications and contraindications for each of the drugs, to use them for vaccination of people of different age groups, including people suffering from certain chronic diseases: if one vaccine is not suitable, then another will be used. As experts emphasize, the formation of immunity in various groups of the population occurs with peculiarities. For example, children and the elderly should not be vaccinated with the same drug.

There are four vaccine options:

  1. Traditional, representing a weakened but living virus.

  2. Imitating a virus - they use harmless protein fragments and protein membranes, the so-called protein cocktail.

  3. Vaccines with a viral vector (at the first stage of vaccination, the AD-26-S vector with the gene encoding the S-protein of the coronavirus is used, at the second an adenoviral vector - AD-5-S) - are considered 100% safe, since a viral protein without genetic information is not is capable of reproduction, the risk of side effects is minimal, in particular, an allergy to the viral protein itself is manifested.

  4. Genetic engineering - RNA and DNA of the virus are used for protein synthesis. Fragments of the RNA of the virus are injected into human cells.

Domestic and foreign developments


The RF Ministry of Health approved four vaccines for clinical trials, one of which was created in China. If the tests are completed successfully, then the Chinese vaccine will be produced at domestic factories.

At the end of the research, they receive a license, but this is not the final stage, after that the researchers will observe the vaccinated people, in order, to establish finally the effectiveness and safety of the drug.

Important! According to the law on immunization, vaccinations will be done on a voluntary basis, and this applies not only to the choice - to do it or not, but also to the choice - which drug to vaccinate, regardless of the country of its production. According to preliminary data, mass vaccinations will begin in 2021.

The world's first coronavirus vaccine was registered in Russia on August 11, 2020 and was named “Sputnik V”. This vaccine is injected intramuscularly and is characterized by high antibodies to the original Chinese virus coronavirus and the absence of complications. It refers to vaccines with a viral vector. The human adenovirus acts as a vector in it. The drug was developed by the N. F. Gamaleya National Research Center and in the future will be produced by Binopharm, R-Pharm, Generium. The release is organized in two forms: frozen and dried. The logistics of the dried form of the drug is simplified. More than 20 countries have already shown interest in the “Sputnik V” vaccine.

“Sputnik V” is involved in clinical research. At the moment, "phase 3" is being carried out according to the WHO methodology. Re-vaccination of volunteers will be completed by the end of January 2021. A "conditional marketing authorization" has already been received and will be renewed after the completion of the third phase of testing. The tests themselves will end in August 2021. Initially, it is planned to inoculate the most contact professional groups of people with this vaccine, in particular, doctors, journalists, as well as the elderly.

Based on the studies carried out, it was initially assumed that the average duration of antibodies to coronavirus would be 2 years, however, after that evidence was obtained that the maximum duration of antibodies to coronavirus in the body was no more than 5 months. But the immune response does not arise only with the participation of antibodies (the so-called humoral immune response). There is a cellular immune response arising from T cells. After vaccination, when antibodies have already disappeared, immunity will be maintained by T-leukocytes. T-immunity lasts for many years.

Interesting! Some people have already registered acquired immunity to the coronavirus, which is due to T-cells activated after "meeting" with other coronaviruses, not SARS-CoV-2. Older people react worse to the coronavirus because fewer T-white blood cells are produced with age. When the disease is severe, the T cells disappear.

The second vaccine of domestic production – "EpiVacCorona" is being developed at the Novosibirsk Center of Virology and Biotechnology "Vector". It was created on the basis of artificially synthesized proteins of the new coronavirus. The first phase, which consists of testing the vaccine on a small group of volunteers, has already passed. First of all, doctors, sellers, teachers, police officers, bank employees will be vaccinated with this vaccine.

In the same center, in addition to “EpiVacCorona”, five more vaccines are being developed, which are still at the stage of preclinical trials. One of them is a protein cocktail , the other four are vector. The St. Petersburg Research Institute of Vaccines and Serums is developing a vaccine that uses plasmids based on the viral genome. A similar development is underway at the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

The third vaccine of the Russian Federation is being developed at the M. P. Chumakov Research Center, but it has not yet been registered. This drug is a traditional inactivated whole-varion vaccine that uses inactivated viral particles. It is easier to create and modify. This type of vaccine produces a strong immune response. However, due to the fact that the virus reproduction mechanism is chemically inactivated, there is no 100% guarantee of safety.


Of the imported vaccines, several drugs should be noted:

  • Pfizer / BioNTech (USA and Germany together with Fosun Pharma - China) - RNA vaccine;
  • Moderna (USA) - RNA vaccine;
  • Johnson & Johnson - based on adenovirus;
  • Cansino Biological (China) - based on adenovirus;
  • Novavax - contains the S-protein of the coronavirus;
  • AstraZeneca (UK-Sweden) is a vector vaccine, recently there have been reported side effects from its use. Clinical trials in the UK and USA are currently suspended.

Pfizer / BioNTech is already in production. By the end of 2021, it is planned to release about 1.8 billion doses, which will allow to vaccinate about 1 billion people. Government orders for this vaccine came from Great Britain, the European Union, and the United States.


In addition to these, there are several more vaccines, but which are still in the earlier stages of testing:

  • ReiThera / LEUKOCARE / Univercells - based on gorilla adenovirus;
  • Sinovac (China);
  • Sinopharm (India);
  • Bharat Biotech (Kazakhstan);
  • a vaccine from the University of  Tübingen in Germany;
  • Neo7Logic (Czech Republic, USA, Sweden);
  • the vaccine of the Turkish University of the Bosphorus;
  • Sanofi Pasteur / GSK (France, Great Britain).

Customs clearance of export and import of coronavirus vaccine

Pharmaceutical factories and private wholesale companies have the right to export vaccines, i.e. move bulk shipments. For export, you need a license from the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. Export customs duties and tax are not paid.

To export the coronavirus vaccine, the following documents are needed:

  • invoice with transfer;
  • foreign trade contract;
  • product description;
  • transaction passport;
  • packing list;
  • bill of lading;
  • MEDT license;
  • certificate of conformity;
  • manufacturer's certificate.

Interstate transportation of medicines by individuals is possible only for personal use. Moreover, in some cases, the customs may require a prescription.

Important! Not all foreign-made drugs will be available in Russia immediately after the completion of clinical trials. First, you will have to go through a complex registration procedure, including the examination of the Ministry of Health. And this means the need to conduct clinical trials in Russia or Russia's participation in international research. However, this requirement can be circumvented by using Order No. 441, according to which an exception from the mandatory examination rule is allowed for medicines registered in the United States, the European Union, Canada or other countries. In this case, registration under the emergency protocol will take about 5 days.

Conditions for storage and transportation of the COVID-19 vaccine


The shelf life of vaccines from coronavirus of different production is different:

  • “Sputnik V” - 6 months at temperatures below -18°C. At room temperature, no more than 30 minutes.
  • Moderna - 6 months at temperatures below -20°C.
  • Pfizer / Biotech - 10 days at a temperature not exceeding -70°C.

This means that vaccination sites must be equipped with special refrigeration technicians to store the vaccine. Moreover, due to the particularly difficult storage conditions and the limited shelf life of the drug from the United States, Pfizer / Biotech have developed special containers, each of which can hold from 1,000 to 5,000 vaccines. According to the company, the transportation period will not exceed three days.

On December 7, 2020, the logistics passport for the supply of the frozen “Sputnik V” coronavirus vaccine throughout Russia was approved, which entered into force the day after its publication. It will be valid until March 1, 2021. This document regulates the conditions for storage and transportation of the vaccine at all stages of movement from the manufacturer to the consumer.

“The cold chain” includes several stages:
  • 1 - delivery from the manufacturer to the wholesaler.
  • 2 - storage in a warehouse of a wholesaler organization, as well as delivery to medical, pharmacy organizations that have an appropriate license.
  • 3 - storage in medical organizations and their subdivisions using the vaccine.
  • 4 - storage in vaccination and treatment rooms, where immunization of the population is carried out.
The main requirements for the equipment used for the transportation and storage of the vaccine:
  • ensuring a temperature regime below -18 ° C throughout the entire time in any climatic zone and at any permissible load;
  • unimpeded air circulation at maximum load.

During transportation, active-type thermal containers are used, in which a freezing unit is built-in, and passive type, where refrigerants or dry ice are used as refrigerants, ensuring compliance with the temperature regime. The containers can be disposable or reusable. The temperature of the refrigerants used in thermal containers must not exceed -21 ° C. If dry ice is used, the lid is closed tightly, but not hermetically, and the equipment is marked with the inscription "dry ice" and the weight of the ice is indicated in kilograms. Each thermocontainer contains equipment that controls the temperature regime between the packages. In active thermal containers, this equipment is built-in. The passive ones use thermal indicators and temperature recorders. The readings are taken at the stage of unloading the vaccine.


The vaccine is loaded into thermal containers in a freezer at the proper temperature, and the containers themselves must be pre-cooled.

Transportation of thermal containers is carried out in the back of a refrigerated truck, in which the temperature is maintained below -20 ° C. A thermometer and a thermostat must be installed inside. The permissible measurement error is no more than +/- 0.5 ° C. Moreover, information about the temperature regime is visually displayed on the screen in the driver's cab. The body of the refrigerated truck must also be cooled before loading. Vaccine containers are secured to prevent damage.

When working with containers containing dry ice, the following safety precautions must be observed:

  • ventilate the cargo hold before entering it;
  • unload the vaccine from containers into a freezer in a room equipped with supply and exhaust ventilation with an air exchange rate of at least 4.

Note! Drivers and forwarders must be instructed on the necessary actions in case of an accident, equipment breakdown, disinfection measures.


Registration of the receipt and dispatch of the vaccine is carried out in a special journal, which indicates the name of the manufacturer, the address of production, the number of doses of the drug, the supplier, the indications of the thermorecording equipment with identification numbers, the full name of the employee performing the registration. Acceptance documents are accompanied by the readings of the temperature recorder for the entire period of transportation in paper or electronic form.

The SB Cargo company will help to carry out the transportation and customs clearance of vaccines of domestic and foreign production, both in import and export directions. For more information, please use the contact details provided on the website.

Dear customers! We only work with cargo owners and ready-made commercial documentation for the goods. To get advice, you need to sign a customs representation agreement with us and provide: a signed foreign trade contract, invoice, packing list. Please form requests from the company's corporate email address. Requests from email addresses registered on free mail services, in accordance with the company's security policy, fall into SPAM
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