Cooperation from airlines like Korean Air with global supply chains, capabilities and expertise is essential to transporting the vaccines around the world. UNICEF has selected 16 airlines, including Korean Air, to work with based on strict standards such as a global network, cargo capacity and experience shipping specialized cargo such as medical items.
Last September, Korean Air launched a task force to ensure that vaccines could be safely transported by the airline considering the unique requirements for temperature and storage. Some types require temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius, refrigeration below -20 degrees Celsius, or temperature maintenance between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius.
With the signing of the agreement with UNICEF, Korean Air will continue its leadership role in transporting COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies. The airline is committed to participate in these humanitarian and relief shipments as long as necessary.