Air Cargo Industry Improves its Readiness to Transport COVID-19 Vaccines

posted on 15th December 2020 by Parveen Raja
Air Cargo Industry Improves its Readiness to Transport COVID-19 Vaccines

Strengthening industry collaboration

• Vaccine manufacturers need to share information needed by all their logistics providers as early as possible to allow them to make needed investment in time.

• Air cargo players should ensure their sub-contractors and supply chain partners receive the right level of information as early as possible.

• Industry needs to adopt a local air cargo community approach to strengthen collaboration at local levels.

Ensuring security

• Security and cyber-security measures need to be put in place to avoid theft and counterfeit.

Ramping-up capabilities

• Dry ice, active containers, trained staff, and cold chain space availability should be secured early.

• Infrastructure investment decisions should be made as early as possible.

Improving visibility

• Each air cargo stakeholder should map its existing capabilities at each location and make this information available, using information sharing platforms like the IATA ONE Source, Validaide or others.

• The use of tracking and monitoring devices is encouraged and the approval processes for their safe use in-flight needs to start as soon as possible.

• The rollout of digital solutions and data sharing platforms should be accelerated.

Removing barriers

• Governments, customs authorities, and border agencies should be ready to facilitate and expedite all COVID-19-related goods.

• International organizations, NGOs and donors should support cool chain capacity building efforts in least developed countries to ensure no one is left behind in the upcoming global immunization campaign.