UN - EU airlines join forces with UNICEF to transport COVID-19 vaccines around world

08 April 2021 |

Major European airlines are among those helping UNICEF in its historic mission to deliver COVID-19 vaccines, essential medicines and medical devices across the globe in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and Cargolux are among the ten airlines that have joined the Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative, which will deliver critical supplies to over 100 countries.
The initiative is in support of the COVAX Facility, the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation ever undertaken aimed at providing COVID-19 vaccines to all countries across the world, regardless of their wealth.
Co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization, alongside delivery partner UNICEF, COVAX is working to provide 2 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021.
“Delivery of these life-saving vaccines is a monumental and complex undertaking, considering the sheer volumes that need to be transported, the cold chain requirements, the number of expected deliveries and the diversity of routes,” said Etleva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF Supply Division. “We are grateful to these airlines for joining forces with the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to support the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.”

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