The number of vaccine shipments being transported by air is gradually taking off as more products are launched and more countries launch inoculation programmes. Below you will find all the latest updates on air cargo vaccine transportation operations from forwarders, airlines, airports and handlers.
APRIL 28: Latam Airlines announced today that it will continue to transport vaccines at no cost this year through its Solidarity Plane programme. To date, the group has transported more than 23.7m Covid-19 vaccines to destinations in South America, including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.
APRIL 27: Ground handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and Air Canada are working closely with the Canadian government to transport vial caps for doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to support the country’s immunisation programme. Loïc Marie, cargo operations manager France, Spain and Portugal – Air Canada, said: “Air Canada and WFS in France have combined their respective expertise in the transportation of pharmaceutical products on behalf of the Canadian government. We win as one.”
APRIL 19: Ethiopian Airlines has transported 3.5m doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Shanghai to São Paulo, Brazil, via Addis Ababa. The vaccine arrived in Brazil on April 15 and so far the airline’s cargo business has transported more than 20m vaccines to more than 20 countries. Ethiopian Airlines Group chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam said: “I feel that our efficient and timely delivery of vaccines would save millions of lives that could have been lost due to lack of access to vaccines.”