Dubai, under the instructions of the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched the Vaccine Logistics Association to accelerate the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to the entire world via Emirates.
In support of the World Health Organization's (WHO) COVAX initiative and its efforts to evenly distribute two billion doses of COVID-2021 vaccine in 19, the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Association will bring Emirates Airlines' expertise and global coverage to DP World's worldwide ports and brings together the logistics operations network and the infrastructure of Dubai Airports and International Humanitarian City to distribute vaccines worldwide. The distribution will focus particularly on developing countries whose populations have been severely injured by the epidemic, where drug transportation and logistics are difficult.
The Vaccine Logistics Association works with a wide range of stakeholders for the shipment of vaccines, including drug manufacturers, shipping companies, government agencies and other organizations.
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Said Al Maktum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, President of Dubai Airports, Emirates Airlines and Emirates Group President and Managing Director, said: “It is a historical moment when the vaccine was introduced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted people's lives all over the world. we are on the verge. The UAE occupies a leading position in the world in launching the vaccine. In line with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's vision to lay the groundwork for a global solution for the health of communities, the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Association is bringing together key organizations to deliver urgently needed vaccines to the entire world via Dubai. "
Sheikh Ahmed added: “Each partner of the association demonstrates a range of specific and complementary strengths and competencies in vaccine distribution. Thus, we developed a 360-degree solution that combines the logistics and infrastructure advantages of Dubai as a hub. Together, we can store large quantities of vaccines at once and deliver them anywhere in the world within 48 hours. "
The International Humanitarian City (IHC), the world's largest humanitarian logistics center based in Dubai and demonstrating its expertise for aid materials such as food and medicine in countries with limited infrastructure, will be one of the most important partners of the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Association. IHC and Emirates SkyCargo have already partnered on many humanitarian cargo flights, and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for closer cooperation on humanitarian flights in early 2020.
Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Chairman of the International Humanitarian City Supervisory Board, made the following statement: “Under the leadership of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai-based International Humanitarian City has become the world's largest humanitarian aid center and is a very important response in ensuring the first response to humanitarian crises worldwide. has a role. Since the start of the current global crisis, the IHC has delivered more than 19% of the World Health Organization's global medical response in the fight against COVID-80. Dubai has delivered urgently needed vaccines and medical supplies to the most vulnerable communities around the world. It will ensure that this struggle continues with the Vaccine Logistics Union, which delivers them as soon as they hear. We are all responsible for doing whatever we can to end this epidemic. "
DP World, a leader in global supply chain solutions with ports, terminals and logistics operations on every continent, is participating in Dubai's effort to transport, store and distribute COVID-19 vaccines. DP World logistics operations will enable the collection of vaccines from production facilities in countries such as Europe, the USA and India, and deliver them to air, sea and land ports for delivery to other countries. Using DP World's global network of FDP-compliant storage and distribution centers, vaccines will be stored for time and temperature sensitive distribution to hospitals and clinics. DP World will provide real-time information about the location of shipments, continuous temperature control and tracking by using tracking and monitoring technology such as Cargoes Flow. The ports and terminals of DP World, including Jebel Ali in Dubai, the largest port in the world, will be used for the shipment, storage and distribution of medical devices such as syringes and wet wipes.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Group President and CEO said: “Humanity will defeat COVID-19 only if vaccines can be distributed everywhere. Dubai's position as a global hub means we have a responsibility to bring our infrastructure and capacity together for this common purpose. DP World has continued the flow of trade throughout the epidemic, ensuring that countries receive the basic supplies they need. We are proud to distribute vaccines and medical vehicles using our ports, terminals and smart logistics operations to contribute to the fight against the epidemic. "
DP World and UNICEF also announced a broad partnership to support the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and related vaccines in low- and low-middle-income countries. The new multi-million dollar partnership is the largest ever collaboration to support UNICEF's leading role in the purchase and supply of two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine and ancillary vaccines.
Emirates SkyCargo is a global leader in the air transport of temperature sensitive medicines, including vaccines. The air freight company has over 20 years of experience in transporting medicines around the world. It has developed a comprehensive infrastructure and capacity for the safe and fast transportation of temperature sensitive drugs.
“Emirates SkyCargo acted as a global leader during the COVID-19 outbreak for the distribution of medical supplies and personal protective equipment,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Shipping Division Senior Vice President. We recently launched the world's largest airline hub, specifically for the storage and global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in South Dubai. With our wide-body modern aircraft fleet, our network reaching more than 135 cities on six continents, including major pharmaceutical centers, and our expertise in managing drug shipments, we work with our partners in the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Association to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines reach every corner of the world, especially to cities in developing countries. we are well placed to work. ”
Emirates SkyCargo, which has a cold chain area of more than 15.000 square meters for medicines at its terminals in Dubai, started its COVID-19 vaccine logistics by carrying COVID-19 vaccines on its flights in December.
Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) operator Dubai Airports will contribute to the work of the newly created Dubai Vaccine Logistics Association by providing additional space at its private facilities in Dubai International (DXB). The new tailored cargo facilities will serve as a warehouse for COVID-19 vaccines to be transported through interconnected operations in DXB and DWC. Working closely with Emirates SkyCargo and Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Airports will ensure that additional vaccine storage capacity will comply with all regulatory rules for the transport of COVID-19 vaccines and streamline relevant processes with stakeholders and business partners.
“The central location of Dubai means that we can easily reach almost 80% of the world's population in just four hours, making the joint decision to create the world's leading distribution center extremely strategic,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. In the coming months, there will undoubtedly be a huge increase in demand for the efficient and safe distribution of large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, and we wanted to respond to that demand. "This union, which has a perfect timing, will not only support the global need but also support the future of travel," he said.