Emirates SkyCargo enhances its vaccine transportation, expands cool chain infra in Dubai

Emirates SkyCargo has announced extension of its fully automated cool room with 94 airline pallet positions at its EU GDP certified dedicated pharma facility at Dubai International Airport, a move which will further strengthen the carrier’s temperature sensitive pharma and vaccine handling capabilities in Dubai.

This extension of cool room will provide an additional 2600 square metres of temperature-controlled environment (2-25 degrees Celsius) for the storage and handling of pharma products including vaccines at Emirates SkyCargo’s purpose-built GDP certified facility.

Further, this will help reinforce the carrier’s position as an industry leader for the air transportation of pharmaceuticals and provide additional capacity at its Dubai hub to meet the growing demand for transportation of COVID-19 vaccines.

The new extension is capable of holding an estimated 60-90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines at one time.

Ever since the outbreak of the pandemic, the airline is playing a leading role in the international distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. It has transported over 75 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on more than 250 flights to over 60 destinations since late 2020.

Emirates SkyCargo is proud to have flown over 350 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines around the world, delivering much-needed support to communities that are still heavily impacted by the current wave of the pandemic. However, we are always looking ahead and we anticipate that there will be an increase in demand to transport vaccines to developing nations during the second half of the year. Already, we have seen a ramping up of COVID-19 vaccine volumes that were transported over the last few weeks in line with increased manufacturing. We expect to reach the 100 million doses milestone well before the end of this month.”

~ Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

“The last six months have been a valuable and mutual learning experience for Emirates SkyCargo and as well for pharmaceutical manufacturers and our logistics partners. We have been able to apply these learnings to make the process of vaccine transportation faster and more efficient, providing a valuable boost to the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine transportation, as well as for other temperature sensitive pharma products in the future” added Sultan.

Emirates Skycargo which was one of the firsts’ to begin extensive transportation of COVID-19 vaccines, earlier, in October 2020, announced setting up of a dedicated GDP certified airside hub in Dubai for transporting COVID-19 vaccines. The carrier has over 20,000 sq metres of EU GDP certified cool chain infrastructure for storing and handling COVID-19 vaccines in Dubai.

To facilitate seamless flow of temperature sensitive shipments and maintain temperature during transit between the aircraft and cargo terminal, the carrier has over 50 cool dollies dedicated for pharmaceuticals at its hub.

Emirates Sky Cargo in January 2020 also joined hands with DP World, International Humanitarian City and Dubai Airports to form the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Alliance aimed at rapidly transporting COVID-19 vaccines through Dubai to developing countries.

Which was followed up in February 2020 with an MoU with UNICEF to expedite the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX initiative.

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