Emirates SkyCargo transports over 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines during 18 months
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Emirates SkyCargo transports over 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines during 18 months

Emirates SkyCargo transports over 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines during 18 months

Close to two-thirds of the one billion doses were transported to developing countries

Emirates SkyCargo has transported more than one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines on its aircraft.

More than 4,200 tonnes of Covid-19 vaccines, equivalent to over one billion doses, have been moved to over 80 destinations on over 2,000 Emirates flights.

Close to two-thirds of the 1 billion doses were transported to developing countries. The air cargo carrier achieved it within a span of 18 months from the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines trialled in October 2020.

Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Cargo, said, “From the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Emirates SkyCargo has been focused on supporting global communities in their recovery from the devastating effects of the virus and we have prioritised assistance to developing countries.

“Ahead of World Health Day, we’re incredibly proud of our global Emirates SkyCargo team who have pulled out all stops during the pandemic to keep supply chains for essential goods like vaccines up and running.”

In January 2021, Emirates SkyCargo teamed up with leading Dubai-based companies to form the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Alliance to speed up distribution of vaccines through Dubai to developing countries.

Read: Dubai launches logistics alliance to distribute 2 billion Covid-19 vaccine shots in 2021

In February 2021, the carrier signed an MoU with UNICEF to prioritise the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines in support of the COVAX initiative.

Read: Emirates, Etihad ink agreements with UNICEF for transportation of Covid-19 vaccines

In June 2021, Emirates SkyCargo expanded its pharma cool chain infrastructure at Dubai International Airport, enabling it to store an additional estimated 60-90 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines at any one point of time.

Emirates SkyCargo facilitated transport of larger volumes of Covid-19 vaccines from manufacturing origins to destinations, reaching 250 million doses by September 2021 and 600 million doses by December 2021.

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