A lab technician extracts a portion of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate during testing at the Chula Vaccine Research Center, run by Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, May 25, 2020. Researchers in Thailand claim to have promising results with the vaccination on mice, and have begun testing on monkeys. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Vaccines will be manufactured in a handful of locations and then go through a sprawling infrastructure of transportation and warehouses to get to their final destinations, according to JLL. Complicating that journey will be the different temperature and freezer requirements of the three leading vaccines. (Photo: AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The cold storage asset class has been seeing high levels of investment, but this may not necessarily translate into a smooth supply chain for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The answer, experts say, may be a mix of strategies for distributing the vaccine.

Make no mistake, though — cold storage will be an essential component, and with an inventory equal to the size of JFK Airport (or nearly 250 million square feet), it is questionable whether it is up for the task. 

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