The Cool Chain Association (CCA) last week launched a COVID-19 Distribution Change Management Matrix aimed at supporting airports to prepare their logistics for COVID-19 vaccines in a methodical way. The matrix looks at adherence to temperature requirements, packaging, forecast and quantity, and timeframe across different stages in a vaccine’s journey through an airport. CCA members will fill it out and then bring together the information to help the supply chain focus on potential pinch … [Read more...] about Cool Chain Association rolls out matrix for vaccine transfer in airports
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What does it take to ship a crucial vaccine to stop a global pandemic? The healthcare industry is facing an enormous logistical challenge. There’s no denying it. 2020 has been a year of immense difficulty and disruption. Many now look forward to 2021 and the much-anticipated prospect of COVID-19 vaccines as the gateway to global recovery. Naturally as one of the world’s leading logistics companies,has an important role to play in vaccine shipment. We recognize that shipping COVID-19 … [Read more...] about FedEx: Are we ready to ship billions of vaccines worldwide?
Swissport and Cathay Pacific Cargo have signed a 5-year contract at Frankfurt airport, with the first shipment arriving at the ground handler’s recently opened air cargo hub. The 17,000-square-metre warehouse, built in less than a year, has direct tarmac access and has 50 percent more capacity compared to the former hub at the Cargo City South logistics district. It has an integrated pharma hub occupying 1,560 square metres, with temperature-controlled zones for handling sensitive … [Read more...] about Swissport opens freight hub, greets Cathay Pacific Cargo in Frankfurt
Are airports and ground handlers in APAC ready for a vaccine? That was the question we tried to answer when we published part 1 of this Q&A series with Changi Airport. The airport says it has 12 companies that are CEIV certified, with UPS SCS (Singapore) and DSV Air & Sea Singapore joining the others to form Pharma@Changi. dnata meanwhile introduced cool dolly services at the air cargo hub to provide cold storage capabilities. This would mitigate the risk of temperature excursion … [Read more...] about Part 2: Are airports and ground handlers in APAC ready for a vaccine?
The race towards a vaccine is heating up. Several trials have already reached the third phase and some nations have already approved vaccines without waiting for the Phase 3 results. According to the New York Times, there are 49 vaccines in clinical trials on humans and at least 88 preclinical vaccines under active investigation in animals. The global air cargo supply chain is scrambling to prepare for the massive logistics this would entail, with IATA earlier estimating 8,000 747 … [Read more...] about Q&A series: Are Asia Pacific’s airports and ground handlers ready for a vaccine?
Emirates SkyCargo will reopen its cargo terminal in Dubai South (DWC) to serve as a dedicated airside hub for cold chain storage and distribution of a much anticipated Covid-19 vaccine. With the resumption, the 4,000-square-metre Emirates SkyCentral DWC will be “the largest dedicated airside facility in the world for COVID-19 vaccines,” estimated to hold around 10 million vials of vaccine at any one point in time, the carrier said. Emirates SkyCentral DWC has a full arsenal of equipment … [Read more...] about Emirates SkyCargo to reopen Dubai South terminal for vaccine distribution