Coronavirus: Emirates SkyCargo transports 50 million vaccine doses on 150 flights

Airline transported 220 tonnes of vaccines with the UAE central to the global distribution effort

Emirates SkyCargo used 150 flights to deliver 50 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to 50 destinations over the past year.

The airline on Thursday said it was the first cargo company of its kind to have achieved this task.

The air cargo operator also transported more than 100 tonnes of syringes around the world. The airline delivered six types of Covid-19 vaccines.

"Emirates SkyCargo is proud to have reached the 50 million Covid-19 vaccine delivery milestone just ahead of World Health Day [April 7]," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president of cargo.

“Our actions over the last year have always been directed at helping communities across the world."

In February, Emirates SkyCargo signed an agreement with the UN children’s fund to prioritise the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines and other life-saving supplies worldwide.

More than 10 global airlines – including Emirates and Etihad Airways – were part of Unicef’s Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative. This helped with the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines, essential medicines, medical devices and other critical supplies to fight the pandemic.

In October, Emirates established the first dedicated airside hub for Covid-19 vaccines in Dubai.

The centre can store about 10 million vaccine vials and prepare shipments for worldwide distribution.

In Abu Dhabi, the Hope Consortium aims to deliver billions of Covid-19 vaccine doses around the world by the end of the year. It is run by the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, Etihad Cargo, Abu Dhabi Ports Company, Rafed, which is part of ADQ, and SkyCell.

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