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Emirates joins hands with UNICEF to distribute COVID vaccine

| Updated: February 18, 2021 10:42:01

Emirates joins hands with UNICEF to distribute COVID vaccine

Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo division of Emirates airline, has signed an agreement with the UNICEF to priorities the transport of COVID-19 vaccines, essential medicines, medical devices and other critical supplies to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative spearheaded by UNICEF brings together a number of partners, collectively capable of distributing essential supplies to more than 100 markets in support of the COVAX Facility, the global effort aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, said a statement. 

Emirates SkyCargo is an industry leader in the air cargo sector for the transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals including vaccines. The cargo carrier features a global network spanning six continents, a modern fleet of widebody only aircraft as well as state of the art EU GDP certified infrastructure at its hub in Dubai for the secure transport of pharmaceuticals and vaccines. 

In October 2020, Emirates SkyCargo announced that it was setting up the world’s largest EU GDP certified airside distribution hub dedicated to the storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

 In January 2021, Emirates SkyCargo joined hands with three other Dubai-based entities- DP World, International Humanitarian City and Dubai Airports to form a COVID-19 vaccine alliance for rapid transport of COVID-19 vaccines to the developing world through Dubai. 

Emirates SkyCargo is providing air cargo transportation service to and from Bangladesh using their dedicated freighter and bellyhold passenger’s aircraft, the statement adds.

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