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