Air, COVID-19 Noticeboard, Freight News

Carriers sign up to COVAX

[ February 16, 2021   //   ]

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with UNICEF to cooperate on the distribution of Covid-19 vaccine as part of the Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative. Acting on behalf of the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX), UNICEF will safeguard access to coronavirus vaccines throughout the world, ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet can also count on vaccinations during 2021.

AFKLMP Cargo has many years of experience transporting temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals and was the first airline group to be CEIV Pharma certified by IATA. It has invested in additional climate-controlled storage facilities at Schiphol and Charles-de-Gaulle in recent months successfully transported different types of vaccines around the world.

IAG Cargo has also signed the agreement with UNICEF. The carrier says it has access to one of the largest aircraft fleets in the world supported by five airlines, including British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus. IAG Cargo has already successfully delivered over one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines to many parts of the world, including the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Ireland, the Americas and Melilla. Its Constant Climate offering transports millions of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products every year through  hubs at London-Heathrow, Madrid-Barajas and Dublin Airport and an extensive global network of over 100 approved stations.

Other carriers signing the MoU included all-cargo airline Astral Aviation which is placing its entire fleet of B747F, B767F, B727F, DC9F, CRJ-200, Fokker 50 and Fokker 27 aircraft on high priority, said chief executive, Sanjeev Gadhia.

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