Dubai launches Logistics Alliance to facilitate distribution of 2 bn vaccine shots across the world

Dubai, to facilitate the distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine across the world, on Sunday, has launched a Vaccine Logistics Alliance.

The Dubai Vaccines Logistics Alliance, which will be fulfilled via emirates, the flag carrier of the UAE was launched under the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

With an aim to meet the objective of the world Health Organisation’s (WHO) COVAX initiative to even-handedly distribute two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines in 2021, the Vaccine Logistics Alliance will bring together major players from various sectors for better coordination and efficiency.

As per the Government of Dubai, the alliance will leverage the expertise of Emirates airline, DP World’s global network of ports, the infrastructure of Dubai Airports and the International Humanitarian City to carry forward the smooth distribution.

The alliance will work with multiple stakeholder including pharmaceutical manufacturers, forwarders, government agencies and other entities for the distribution of the vaccine and the main focus will be on emerging markets which have been severely affected by the pandemic and where pharmaceutical transport and logistics are challenging.

Each alliance partner brings to the table a specific and complementary set of strengths and capabilities in vaccine distribution, allowing us to build a 360-degree solution that harnesses the combined logistical and infrastructural advantages of Dubai as a hub. 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,”

~ Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman & chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

UAE which launched its own vaccination drive last month and has received worldwide recognition for its effective vaccination campaign. The country so far has inoculated over 3.3 million of its 9.8 million people and is only behind Israel in terms of total vaccinations per capita, administering doses at a speed of 33.7 per hundred people. 

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