cold storage


Definition of cold storage

1 : storage (as of food) in a cold place for preservation
2 : a condition of being held or continued without being acted on : abeyance

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Examples of cold storage in a Sentence

food that has been taken out of cold storage the president's domestic programs had been in cold storage while he attended to a string of international crises
Recent Examples on the Web The current vaccines’ cold storage requirements and shipping rules mean many rural hospitals can’t serve as vaccination distribution hubs. Pamela Stewart Fahs, The Conversation, "Why getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks, and how to lift the barriers," 28 Dec. 2020 Those shipments are going directly to health care providers and local health departments, as the vaccine does not have the same ultra cold storage requirements as the Pfizer vaccine. Jamie Munks,, "Pritzker says more than 100,000 people have received COVID-19 vaccination in Illinois," 23 Dec. 2020 Once ready for packaging, the vials were removed from storage and brought to a machine where they were labeled and boxed before being returned to cold storage. New York Times, "Critical to Vaccines, Cold Storage Is Wall Street’s Shiny New Thing," 15 Dec. 2020 Time constraints are particularly pressing with the Pfizer vaccine — developed by the German firm BioNTech with German government funding — because of its cold storage requirements. Washington Post, "As Germany awaits vaccine, mass vaccination centers are built in less than a week," 12 Dec. 2020 Distribution locations include hospitals and other sites able to meet those ultra-cold storage requirements. Matthew Perrone And Mike Stobbe, Anchorage Daily News, "US says COVID-19 vaccine to start arriving in states Monday," 12 Dec. 2020 At a side room at a sports center in Cardiff, Wales, on Tuesday, defrosted vaccines—which had arrived just the day before—were being removed from cold storage and prepared for injection. James Marson, WSJ, "Fragile Covid-19 Vaccine Rolled Out in the U.K. Tests Global Supply Network," 9 Dec. 2020 The State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee is expected to provide guidance soon on which workers should be inoculated first, but the Pfizer vaccine's cold storage requirements present some logistical limitations, Willems Van Dijk said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin expects to receive about 65,000 doses of Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in next two weeks," 7 Dec. 2020 The Moderna vaccine uses similar MRNA technology as the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which also shows over 90% efficacy, but has a delivery method that doesn’t require extreme cold storage. David Meyer, Fortune, "Time to Measure Up," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cold storage

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cold storage was in 1877

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8 Jan 2021

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“Cold storage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cold storage

: the state of being kept in a cold place for later use

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