Air carriers begin transporting Covid-19 vaccines
The Air Cargo news reported that air carriers has already started shipping the vaccines. They had already begun delivering the vaccine before it became widely available worldwide. The news comes as Pfizer and Moderna claim that their vaccines are more than 94% effective. The Pfizer vaccine should be kept in a deep freezer. The Moderna’s vaccine can be stored for a long time at a temperature of -20°C. But it is stable for 2°C to 8°C for 30 days. Meanwhile, Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo said their cooperation with partners is essential to success in this logistical challenge.
In this regard, Adriaan den Heijer said that “in recent weeks, we successfully shipped the first COVID-19 vaccines.”
According to him, the Air France-KLM Cargo is ready to deliver the vaccine to the Netherlands, France and many other countries around the world.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Cargo has shipped the made in China Covid-19 vaccine to Brazil. This is a distance of around 17,000 km. It stressed that it has created a global drug corridor between more than 4,000 destinations. It has therefore shipped various types of drugs along its corridor to its main destination such as:
Other vaccine preparations are underway in the air freight industry.
Volga-Dnepr Group set up a dedicated vaccine task force, which will be led by Casper Pan, head of healthcare Asia Pacific at the group. Virgin Atlantic Cargo launched a new pharma service. It will cater for urgent, valuable and vulnerable pharmaceutical and life sciences shipments such as Covid-19 vaccines.
Swissport recently demonstrated its readiness. In this regard, one cargo arrived in a container cooled to -70°C. They shipped the other cargo at 2°-8°C temperature range. Also CCA has launched a Covid-19 matrix to help airports prepare operations for the launch of vaccines. The matrix looks at adherence to:
- Temperature requirements
- Packaging, forecast and quantity
- Time frame across different stages in a vaccine’s journey through an airport.
The CCA members will fill out the matrix and then bring together the information to help the supply chain. As a result, It can to focus on potential pinch points, training needs, safety and security.
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