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  3. Monday, 22 January 2018

Soren Spanner died in hospital in Denmark on the 28th December, I am told by his sons.

Soren was dedicated to help build cold chain systems all over the world and he was a true expert in refrigeration. I was fortunate to meet him in the early 1980s and we remained close, working friends for the next thirty seven years. Many others who worked with him in African and Asian countries will remember his tireless enthusiasm in field work and repair and maintenance training. 

Perhaps his greatest contribution to the vaccine cold chain was his discovery that refrigerators and cold-boxes had been so successfully engineered to remain cool even in the highest tropical temperatures that they actually placed the potency of some vaccines at risk of freezing! Soren’s findings and his tests that confirmed the problem, resulted in modifications to equipment and vaccine handling procedures globally.

Soren will not only be remembered by us of the 'EPI Dynasty‘* for his enormous contrbution to the cold chain but also as a warm human being with an infectious giggle and a strong sense of the ridiculous! Our last laugh was in the summer when Soren arrived suddenly and without warning on a motorcycle as big as a ship - in the mdiddle of our garden. During the weekend that followed he installed a solar-powered water pump to irrigate our vegetable garden, drawing from a deep, ancient well. The installation went beautifully but when switched on for the first time there was no water in the well. We laughed until we found beer to celebrate.

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Soren Spanner, second from left, in Copenhagen last year with his friends.


Smile in peace, Soren; we shall miss you.

With love, John

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Shahrzad Yavari Accepted Answer

Very sorry to hear this sad news. Soren was very committed to cold chain and truly an expert in his field. His findings and contributions to the cold chain will always be appreciated and impactful. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. May he rest in peace. 

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Peter Evans Accepted Answer
Soren was one of those people who was universally liked. An expert in his field yet entirely unpretentious. From his Facebook account he was still travelling the world resolving problems, like no other, until very recently. I am happy to have known him and sorry that he has passed too soon.
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Nora Dellepiane Accepted Answer

I am very sorry to learn these news. He was really committed with cold chain work.

Nora Dellepiane


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Carla Lee Accepted Answer

Dear Technet Colleagues,


I was so sad to hear of the passing of Soren Spanner.  He was such a wonderful person and expert in his field. I am grateful that I got a chance to see and talk to him in Lisbon  last year. Please share my condolences with his loved ones.


Kind regards,




Carla E. Lee




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Philip Accepted Answer

Very sorry to hear this, a very nice man, commited to the cold chain. We will all miss him.

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Murat Hakan Ozturk Accepted Answer

Dear John Abi,

I am really sorry to read this sad news. I haven't had a chance to meet him in person but his work on risk of freezing is well known and still guiding us. Even in Pacific Island Countries, our #1 enemy for vaccine handling seems to be freezing rather than heat. 

My condolences to his family and the EPI dynasty. May his soul rest in peace. 

Murat (from Fiji)

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