The transport of vaccines must comply with the detailed provisions of the Technical Instructions if the vaccines are classified as dangerous goods, when the vaccines are shipped with dry ice as a refrigerant, or when data loggers and/or cargo tracking devices are included in packages or attached to packages or overpacks.
The UN Sub-Committee of Experts of the Transport of Dangerous Goods (57th session) confirmed that genetically modified micro-organisms based vaccines (including those used in clinical trials) are not subject to the UN Model Regulations for transport. As a result, the Technical Instructions were amended to reflect that COVID-19 vaccines containing GMOs or GMMOs, including those in clinical trials, are not subject to the Technical Instructions (see Addendum No. 1 to the 2021-2022 Edition of the Technical Instructions).
To facilitate the transport of COVID-19 vaccines, a change was made to the Technical Instructions in January 2021. A special provision was added to reflect that packages containing COVID-19 vaccines accompanied by data loggers and/or cargo tracking devices containing lithium batteries are not subject to the marking and associated documentation requirements of Section II of Packing Instruction 967 or 970, as applicable (see Addendum No. 1 to the 2021-2022 Edition of the Technical Instructions).