Dubai forms Vaccine Logistics Alliance

The initiative aims to expedite global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines through Dubai

-A Monitor Report Date: 31 January, 2021 | 1028 Views
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Dubai: Dubai today launched the Vaccine Logistics Alliance to speed up the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world through the emirate.
 
In support of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) COVAX initiative and its efforts to equitably distribute two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021, the Dubai Vaccines Logistics Alliance combines the expertise and global reach of Emirates airline with DP World’s worldwide network of ports and logistics operations, along with the infrastructure of Dubai Airports and International Humanitarian City to distribute vaccines worldwide. 
 
The alliance is working with a broader set of stakeholders including pharmaceutical manufacturers, forwarders, government agencies and other entities for the transportation of vaccines.
 
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group said, “Together, we are able to store a large volume of vaccine doses at a time and bring in and distribute vaccines to any point around the world within 48 hours." 

International Humanitarian City (IHC) is the world’s largest hub for humanitarian logistics based in Dubai will be a vital partner in the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Alliance bringing its vast expertise in humanitarian logistics for aid materials such as food and medicine in markets with limited infrastructure. IHC and Emirates SkyCargo have already partnered on many humanitarian cargo flights and earlier in 2020, also signed an MoU for closer collaboration for humanitarian assistance flights.
  
DP World, a leader in global supply chain solutions with ports, terminals, and logistics operations on every continent, is joining Dubai’s initiative to transport, store and distribute COVID-19 vaccines. DP World logistics operations will facilitate the collection of vaccines from manufacturing sites in places like Europe, the US, and India and deliver them to airports, seaports and dry ports for onward transportation. DP World’s global network of warehousing and distribution hubs will be used to store vaccines for time and temperature sensitive distribution to hospitals and clinics.

Emirates SkyCargo is a global leader in the air transportation of temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals, including vaccines.  It has an extensive infrastructure and capabilities for secure and rapid transportation of temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals.
 
Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), will be contributing to the effort by providing additional space at dedicated facilities at Dubai International (DXB). The repurposed cargo facilities will act as storage for COVID-19 vaccines that will be transported through its interlinked operations at DXB and DWC. 

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