MAN supports fight against Corona: New vaccination mobile brings vaccination to the patient
If patients cannot come to the vaccination center, the vaccine and the doctor have to go to the patients - for example, to old people's homes or rural areas. According to experts, widespread vaccination is one of the most effective measures against the further spread of the Corona virus SARS CoV-2. Therefore MAN Truck & Bus has now also developed an innovative vaccination mobile in collaboration with recognized experts from the healthcare sector, following on from the Corona test mobile.
- Vaccination mobile based on the MAN eTGE offers cool boxes, emergency equipment and space for up to six people
- Local emission-free operation thanks to battery-electric drive of the eTGE van
- Decentralized vaccination centers directly with people in risk groups
With the vaccination mobile MAN wants to make an important contribution to containing the Covid 19 pandemic, because the vehicle based on the all-electric MAN eTGE makes it possible to transport vaccine as well as medical personnel directly to the people. Members of the main risk group, the over-80s, are often restricted in their mobility and therefore find it difficult to get to a vaccination center, especially if it is not located in their place of residence. This is where MAN comes in with its innovative vehicle concept: In support of the decentralized national vaccination strategy, the eTGE vaccination mobile is specifically designed for decentralized vaccination missions with cool boxes, emergency equipment and space for up to six people, such as medical personnel, who can carry out the vaccinations on site.
As a first step, it will be used in Fürstenfeldbruck and Dachau areas. Medical personnel from MAN Truck & Bus at the Munich site will also accompany and support the vaccination teams of the two district health care physicians as needed.
"We have always made an important contribution to society with our vehicles - they ensure that supermarket shelves are full, people can get to work by public transport, and rescue forces and fire departments can perform their important duties," emphasizes Andreas Tostmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of MAN Truck & Bus SE. "It is therefore a matter of course for us to also support the national vaccination strategy with an innovative vehicle concept." Tostmann sees possible targets for decentralized vaccination outreach as including nursing homes, care services, refugee shelters, and even isolated areas with a long distance to the nearest vaccination center.
"Vaccination is the key to more normality. That's why I personally support the German government's drive to immunize as many people as possible as quickly as possible," Tostmann emphasizes. "MAN as a company is also aware of its importance in providing health care to the population. From the very beginning of the pandemic, our employees in the service operations and plants are doing their part under the highest safety precautions to keep the shelves full and people mobile." Tostmann continues, "We are convinced that our hygiene concepts at MAN offer our employees a very high level of protection. Keeping production going is extremely important because it allows for innovative ideas - like this vaccine mobile - and an ongoing economy creates the value a society needs to fund pandemic response."
The company is therefore doing a great deal to ensure the safety of its colleagues: "Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have always been stricter with our measures inside MAN than outside it," explains Dr. Oliver Breitkopf, head company physician at MAN Truck & Bus's Munich site. "The health service follows scientific developments very closely so that it can react quickly to innovations here and thus derive sensible measures. This includes, among other things, a testing concept in the event of Corona infections among employees, in order to interrupt infection chains at an early stage." In addition, as many employees as possible work in home offices, and there is a protection level and safety concept according to which each workplace is assessed. Depending on the situation, there is then personal protective equipment or even a change in the workflow, for example to create greater distances.
The benefits of the MAN vaccination mobile at a glance:
- Flexible vaccination where it is needed most.
- Easy vaccination of patients with limited mobility, e.g. in nursing or old people's homes
- Faster achievement of a comprehensive vaccination quota
- Space for up to six people with simultaneous refrigerated transport of the vaccine
As a battery-electric vehicle, the eTGE is completely emission-free locally. The range of a battery charge is around 120 to 140 km in practice (115 km according to WLTP). The eTGE can be fully recharged in just over five hours at a 7.2 kW AC wallbox. Alternatively, the use of AC (40 kW) and CCS plug enables fast charging to 80% charge level in just 45 minutes. In addition to the six seats for the medical escort personnel, the vehicle equipment includes cool boxes, an emergency set, automatic sliding doors, air conditioning as well as stationary air conditioning and an automatic step.
Not only the vehicle, but also the rapid cooperation of recognized experts in their field, is special about this project. The result, following the mobile MAN Coronavirus Diagnostic Vehicle unveiled in October 2020, is another innovative, practical vehicle concept to help contain the corona pandemic.
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