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A refrigerated (multimodal) container or reefer, is a shipping container equipped with an integrated refrigeration unit for the transportation of temperature-sensitive cargo. They rely on external electrical power provided from the ship, the quay or the trailer. This These type of containers is are suitable for large-scale shipments and when the journey requires changing modes of transport (i.e. road-sea-road). Normally , normally over long distances.

This type of shipment is Refrigerated containers are rarely used for vaccine transport. For long distances or inter-continental movements, vaccines are commonly air-shipped in cold storage containers, which are either actively powered or passively kept cold. Therefore, refrigerated multimodal containers are not advised for transportation of vaccines.