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.
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. The International 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.
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.
Emirates Skycargo made an alliance with Alha CoolBox, an Italian pharma company in order to maintain their cool chain when transporting medical goods.
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 The International Air Transport Association (IATA);
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3 September 2020