Role of Air Cargo in Transporting Vaccines.

More and more reports are getting confirmed that first doses of Covid-19 vaccines will be ready for distribution this fall. According to Bloomberg, in the United States early distributions will start on the 1st November.
  • McKinsey expects limited doses of vaccines by the fourth quarter of 2020 and billions by the first quarter of 2021
  • Limited doses will be available as early as 1st November 2020 in the U.S.
  • Airlines are partnering up with pharmaceutical companies
  • The list is here for special requirements for shipping vaccines
“COVID-19 vaccine delivery will be one of the biggest logistical challenges in modern history. No one company can own the end-to-end vaccine supply chain”
Neel Jones Shah, TIACA board member and Global Head of Airfreight at Flexport

Is Air Cargo ready for Covid-19 vaccine launch?

Without any doubt, worldwide distribution of Covid-19 vaccines puts the global supply chain under enormous pressure and creates challenges that airlines have never faced before. TheInternational Air Cargo Association (TIACA)joined forces with Pharma.Areo to prepare the industry for Covid-19 vaccine distribution. Their aim is to connect all vaccine supply chain stakeholders and help them working together effectively and develop reliable end-to-end air transportation.

Airlines are forming new alliances

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) has formed a taskforce which is another concrete step forward to prepare for Covid-19 vaccine shipments. According to Global Cargo News, AFKLMP continues to prepare for shipping pharma and medical-related goods.

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Emirates Skycargo made an alliance with Alha CoolBox, an Italian pharma company in order to maintain their cool chain when transporting medical goods.

Why are vaccines so important for Air Cargo?

All airlines were forced to reduce their routes, cancelling millions of passenger flights across all continents. Over a hundred carriers were transformed into cargo-only aircraft to meet market requirements and generate revenue. But Covid-19 vaccines bring new dimensions to supply chain logistics.Here is what to consider about vaccine distribution according to theInternational Air Transport Association (IATA);

  • High-value and sensitive products
  • Require temperature-controlled environment
  • Must follow EU Good Distribution Practices and US Federal Drug Administration requirements
  • The need of trained and knowledgeable staff
  • Dedicated equipment and infrastructure

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