Air cargo airline Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, a member of the Air France KLM group, is in the process of preparing for the global distribution of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, which is currently being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
Transporting vaccines will be an unprecedented logistics operation in scale. It is initially projected that a total of about 15 billion vaccines will be distributed around the world, and a significant proportion of them will require special conditions to transport.
The new vaccine should be stored deep frozen at -70 ℃. (Other vaccines require a constant temperature of 2 ℃ to 8 ℃). This means that logistics solutions will be essential to ensure an efficient and quality vaccine distribution chain.
Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has many years of experience in temperature controlled pharmaceutical transport and was the first airline group to receive the prestigious CEIV certification for pharmaceutical transport from IATA.
The proliferation of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines presents a particular challenge in terms of scale, special transport requirements and safety.
“To prepare for this venture, four months ago we set up a dedicated new vaccine coordination team, which included representatives from the relevant departments of Air France KLM Martinair Cargo. As part of our preparatory action plan, we have already launched a dedicated air-conditioned warehouse with a volume of 1118 m3. which was built at the Schiphol Pharma base in Amsterdam. “
According to Gert Jan Rolands, Senior Vice President Sales and Distribution of Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, an additional 2061 m3 refrigerated warehouse is also being built there. On the other hand, at Charles de Gaulle Pharma in Paris, a similar temperature-controlled warehouse is almost complete.
“We will be using advanced passive refrigeration solutions to transport vaccines to complement our wide range of dedicated active temperature controlled containers. In addition, the transport process will be closely monitored with immediate interventions possible,” added Gert Jan Rulands.
“We believe that the collaboration and coordination of dedicated teams is an essential element of the global vaccine distribution that awaits us. We have already established relationships with many participants in the supply chain, including shippers, shipping companies, container suppliers, airports, pharmaceutical companies, and authorities and health care institutions.
We are confident that close cooperation between all parties involved will ensure the successful completion of this logistic task. In recent weeks, we have successfully transported the first vaccines against SARS-CoV-2. I believe Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is ready to distribute the vaccine in the Netherlands, France and other countries around the world, ”commented Adrian den Heyer, Vice President of Air France-KLM Cargo.
Source: Air Cargo News