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Dry Ice Rules for Massive Covid-19 Vaccine Airlift Approved

  • DOT’s ‘Project Air Bridge’ supports vaccine delivery effort
  • Transporting vaccine requires dry ice, which can pose hazards
Health workers store blood samples in dry ice during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine.
Health workers store blood samples in dry ice during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine.Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

Rules allowing the rapid shipment of Covid-19 vaccines by cargo aircraft have been approved by U.S. transportation regulators.

The Transportation Department established safety requirements for carrying the potentially dangerous dry ice needed to keep some vaccines stable, the agency said in a press release Tuesday. It also set standards for carrying flammable batteries needed in the airlift and eased restrictions on how long flight crews involved in the effort can work.