DHL Global Forwarding, Deutsche Post DHL Group’s air and ocean freight specialist, has supported the British not-for-profit organisation Crown Agents in the successful delivery of four million COVID-19 vaccine doses to 15 countries.
The vaccines were donated by the United Kingdom to help tackle the pandemic, as announced by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on 28 July.
The four million doses will be shared directly with countries in need. Another five million doses have been offered by the UK to the COVAX global vaccine sharing scheme that aims to accelerate global equitable access to immunisation against the pandemic.
“We are incredibly proud that DHL Global Forwarding was entrusted with supporting the complex logistics for these vital doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Paul Chinery, Vice President Air Freight, DHL Global Forwarding UK.
“DHL has a strong global network; our Life Sciences & Healthcare teams in the UK and in the countries receiving the doses worked around the clock to ensure that the life-saving vaccines arrived safely and promptly in 15 countries across Africa and South East Asia”.
“Crown Agents has been shipping and distributing supplies for over a century; this includes the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines to the most remote communities on earth such as Tristan da Cunha and the Pitcairn Islands.” said Fergus Drake, CEO of Crown Agents.
“Appointed by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, we are delighted to have led on the intricate logistics of these dispatches, working closely with DHL to ensure they arrive safely at their destinations”.
DHL Global Forwarding arranged for the collection of the vaccines from facilities across the UK before forwarding them to the respective countries by air.