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PRESS RELEASE: AIR CARGO INDUSTRY IMPROVES ITS READINESS TO TRANSPORT COVID-19 VACCINES, BUT MORE COLLABORATION IS REQUIRED

BRUSSELS and MIAMI, 15 December 2020

Air Cargo Industry Improves its Readiness to Transport COVID-19 Vaccines, but More Collaboration is Required

Pharma.Aero, together with TIACA released a special report for air cargo, pharmaceuticals and life sciences professionals detailing the requirements and airfreight preparedness for COVID-19 vaccines transportation. 

The Sunrays project report shows that 46% of air cargo industry stakeholders, including airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers, airport operators and IT solution providers, now feel well prepared for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines, a significant increase compared to only 28% feeling ready two months ago. Although the improvement is seen across the whole industry, ground handlers, who were the least prepared in September, reported the strongest jump in preparedness.

“Industry has clearly stepped up its efforts to get ready for the largest logistics effort ever seen and with 79% feeling more prepared than 3 months ago, we applaud the readiness progress the air cargo community has made,” stated Nathan De Valck, Chairman of Pharma.Aero’s Board of Directors and member of the Sunrays project. “It is very encouraging to see that the majority of our industry has established working relationships with vaccine manufacturers, dedicated teams in place and collaborates with their supply chain partners to handle the logistics of COVID-19 vaccines.”

The report also examines currently known requirements for COVID-19 vaccine logistics for the front runner manufacturers such as AstraZeneca and University of Oxford, Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna, GSK and Sanofi, J&J, as well as the procurement and logistics strategies by individual countries and international bodies, like the EU and COVAX, and locations of vaccine trials and production.

Areas of Priority

“Although the air cargo industry has scaled up its capabilities, collaboration and readiness in the past couple of months, and COVID-19 vaccines are getting approved for wide distribution, we still live in a world with a lot of unknowns. As new vaccine requirements, purchase deals and regulatory approvals are announced everyday air cargo needs to work hand-in-hand to be agile enough to deliver vaccines safely at scale” – said Emir Pineda, Member of TIACA’s Board of Directors.

Air cargo players need to continue working together in full transparency to ensure integrated, fast, secure and reliable delivery of vaccines, concretely:

Strengthening industry collaboration 

Ensuring security 

Ramping-up capabilities 

Improving visibility 

Removing barriers 

 

Information on Project Sunrays can be found HERE (https://pharma.aero/sunrays)

The White Paper itself can be downloaded from the Pharma.Aero website

 

For further information please contact:

Frank Van Gelder, secgen@pharma.aero
+32 477 950 521, Pharma.Aero VZW

Rachael Negron, press@tiaca.org

+1 786 265 7011, TIACA

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