joined the Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative launched by UNICEF to support the
prioritization of Covid-19 vaccines delivery alongside essential medicines,
medical devices and other critical supplies to fight the pandemic.
The members of the initiative are 10 leading airlines
The members of the
initiative are 10 leading airlines that together cover routes to over 100
countries with one goal in mind, to support the COVAX Facility – the global
effort to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines regardless of any
country’s income level. COVAX Facility’s first-round distribution plan provides
doses to 145 countries starting the first half of 2021. These countries will
immunize 3 percent of their population, on average and subject to all
requirements and final allocation plans.
commits airlines to prioritize the shipment of all live-saving supplies, add
freight capacity to routes whenever necessary, and take the important measures
of temperature control and security.
We are sure our air freighters will expertly get the job done says ceo
Omar Hariri, chief
executive officer, Saudia Cargo, said, “Saudia Cargo is ready and on full power
to operate for UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative and take part in this
global vaccines delivery effort through Saudia Cargo’s wide range of
destinations and connection points. We fully understand our role and will work
hand in hand with UNICEF and ensure the maximum global reach for the vaccines.
Safe, timely and efficient transportation of these supplies is paramount and we
are sure our air freighters will expertly get the job done.”
director of UNICEF supply division, said, “Delivery of these life-saving
vaccines is a monumental and complex undertaking, considering the sheer volumes
that need to be transported, the cold chain requirements, the number of
expected deliveries and the diversity of routes. “We are grateful to these
airlines for joining forces with the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative
to support the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.”
The 10 strong fleets form a global logistics preparedness mechanism
for any potential humanitarian health crises
The 10 strong
fleets of the world’s finest airfreight companies operating upon COVAX
Facility’s effective delivery strategy will form a global logistics
preparedness mechanism for any potential humanitarian health crises in the
short and long terms. For now, the COVAX deliveries and subsequent vaccinations
to frontline health workers remain with utmost importance to empower their
critical role in this unprecedented global scenario..