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Hope Consortium flies two million Covid-19 vaccine doses from Beijing into Abu Dhabi

Hope Consortium flies two million Covid-19 vaccine doses from Beijing into Abu Dhabi

Etihad Cargo chartered seven Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to fly the temperature-sensitive cargo into Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi’s Hope Consortium has facilitated the transportation and storage of two million Covid-19 vaccine doses from Beijing in partnership with G42 Healthcare, it was announced on Thursday.

Supported by consortium members, Etihad Cargo chartered seven Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to fly the temperature-sensitive cargo into Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The airline’s road fleet then transferred the shipment to Abu Dhabi Ports’ Kizad for holding in a purpose-built cool storage warehouse.

The Hope Consortium, which includes the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi, Etihad Cargo, Abu Dhabi Ports Group, Rafed and SkyCell, represents a complete supply chain solution to address vaccine transport, demand planning, sourcing, training, and digital technology infrastructure, and facilitate vaccine availability across the world.

With a reach of 170 countries, the consortium provides logistics services to handle over six billion Covid-19 vaccine doses being developed and manufactured around the world – whether in single or multi dose – and due to rise to over three times more doses by the end of next year.

It is also exploring partnership opportunities, the statement said.

“This operation illustrates what can be achieved when leading private-public sector partners collaborate to deliver cohesive solutions to a global logistics challenge,” said Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, chairman of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi.

“The Hope Consortium provides the best available solution in one consolidated effort to meet the anticipated demands of vaccine shipments. As we continue dialogues with other potential partners around the world, such as G42 Healthcare who align with our quality assurances, we will further expand our reach and capabilities.”

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