Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific’s Cargo division has successfully implemented its Cargo Vaccine Solution as it passed the milestone of shipping 15 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world. The landmark figure includes vaccines that have been imported for use in Cathay Pacific’s home hub of Hong Kong, as well as supplies for distribution to countries including Mexico, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Distributing the COVID-19 vaccine is the greatest challenge the air cargo industry has ever faced, but Cathay Pacific Cargo’s task force has developed a bespoke solution. Cathay Pacific Cargo is on the frontline of the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Building on its pharmaceutical experience and quality assurances, it has developed a dedicated Vaccine Solution for these particular and demanding requirements.
Cathay Pacific Head of Cargo Markets and Products John Cheng said: “The 15-million-dose landmark was achieved today upon delivery of a new batch of Fosun Pharma/BioNTech vaccines into Hong Kong. This week, we also have two other shipments from Beijing to Mexico carrying doses of Sinovac and CanSino vaccines. All of these shipments deploy our new Ultra Track multidimensional tracking and data-logging system.”
To date, Cathay Pacific Cargo has carried five different COVID-19 vaccine brands. Cargo Products Manager Alex Leung said: “Over the past few months, we have flown shipments of vaccines from AstraZeneca, Fosun Pharma/BioNTech, CanSino, Covaxin, and Sinovac, which require different handling temperatures ranging from -70°C to 2-8°C.”
While most of the vaccine delivery flights have been to online ports, shipments to Latin America and the Caribbean, in particular, have showcased the strength of Cathay Pacific Cargo’s extended network.
Director Cargo Tom Owen added: “We are also hugely appreciative of the efforts from our operational teams across the world, whose expertise has enabled us to move these delicate vaccine shipments with confidence, ensuring they arrive at their destination in perfect condition.
“We stand ready to play our part to deliver more of these much-needed vaccines as the world tackles the global pandemic. Our Vaccine Solution has proven itself to be ideally suited to the fast and effective distribution of vaccines across the globe, using our extensive global network of both freighter and passenger fleets.”
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