Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, chairman of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, has toured the Covid-19 vaccine storage warehouse at Abu Dhabi Port.
The ultra-modern facility, which can store up to 120 million vials of vaccines, is the logistics hub for the Hope Consortium in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi.
The 19,000-square-metre warehouse is one of the world’s largest vaccine storage facilities and the single largest in the region, with the capacity to store nearly 40,000 pallets.
Its cold storage area can accommodate 25,000 pallets, while its air-conditioned chamber has space for 15,000.
It also has dedicated -80 °C rooms that allow for the safe delivery and storage of ultra-cold vaccines.
Sheikh Abdullah praised the vital role that Abu Dhabi Ports is playing in supporting the Hope Consortium mission.
“Under the guidance of the UAE’s wise leadership and the wise investment in world-class infrastructure, Abu Dhabi has proven its ability to overcome all challenges, beat the impossible and spread hope," he said.
"Abu Dhabi did not stop at being one of the leading cities with [a] vaccinated population against Covid-19, it also actively contributed to the development of such vaccines, through being home to some of the largest clinical trials globally and now with one of the largest capacities globally to handle the specialised task of transport, storage and distribution of the much-needed vaccines worldwide."
A global partnership for world health
The Hope Consortium is an Abu Dhabi-led collective of industry partners united in overcoming Covid-19 vaccine distribution challenges.
Representing a complete supply chain solution, it can handle six billion doses currently, rising to 18 billion by year-end.
The consortium has already aided in the distribution of millions of vaccines to over 190 countries.
Captain Mohamed Al Shamisi, group chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports and chairman of the Hope Consortium's Operations Steering Committee, said Abu Dhabi's strategic location is key to ensuring the vaccines are delivered safely and efficiently.
"Combined with a unique collaboration with globally leading healthcare, pharmaceutical, humanitarian and logistical organisations, we are well-positioned, under the guidance of our leadership, to deliver hope and help nations worldwide combat the pandemic,” he said.