In Canada, shippers race to move cancer treatments as COVID-19 grounds flights

posted on 4th January 2021 by Eddie Saunders
In Canada, shippers race to move cancer treatments as COVID-19 grounds flights

By Allison Lampert and Allison Martell, Reuters News

MONTREAL/TORONTO- Medical companies and shippers in Canada are racing to transport time-sensitive radiochemical materials used to treat cancer, as a pandemic-induced drop in passenger flights has narrowed transportation options and created cargo delays.

Half of air cargo normally travels in the belly of passenger jets rather than dedicated freighters. But flight cancellations as traffic plummeted during the pandemic have left some companies scrambling to ship treatments that decay over time, pushing up overall transportation costs.