Emirates moves a billion vaccines

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Emirates SkyCargo said on 4 April that it had transported over a billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines on its aircraft within 18 months of the first trial shipment in October 2020. It has carried more than 4,200 tonnes to over 80 destinations on over 2,000 flights. Close to two-thirds of the doses were to developing countries.

In January 2021, the carrier teamed up with Dubai-based companies to form the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Alliance to speed up distribution of vaccines through the hub to developing countries. In February 2021, it signed an MoU with UNICEF to prioritise transport and delivery of the vaccines in support of the COVAX initiative.

It also expanded its pharma cool chain infrastructure at Dubai International Airport, allowing it to store an additional estimated 60-90 million doses of the vaccines at any time.

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