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COVID-19 Vaccine is Now in Antarctica

The shots were used to immunize 23 staff members at the British Rothera research station.

A recent BBC article discussed the long-awaited arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the Antarctic. Nine months after the vaccine was released, it was flown in and administered to the 23 staff members conducting research at the British Rothera. Rothera has been in lockdown since March, when only a skeleton crew remained at the base to wait out the polar winter.

The southernmost deployment of the vaccine to date involved a near 10,000 mile trek where guardians were required to maintain the 2-8C storage temperature with the help of a special transport container. The first doses have been administered by the on-site doctor, and the second doses will be given in four weeks.  

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