Delta highlights readiness to transport Covid vaccines

By Rachelle Harry

Delta Cargo has highlighted its readiness and capability to transport Covid-19 vaccines.

The carrier has large warehousing and cooler facilities in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York-JFK and Seattle, as well as a network of 49 certified pharma hubs at airports around the globe.

Delta also has a global distribution function in coordination with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and Virgin Atlantic Cargo, which ensures “end-to-end compliance and assurance for customers” across its network.

Ahead of widespread global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, Delta said it has implemented “the highest level of access and boarding priority” for vaccines; a vaccine control tower with 24/7 centralised monitoring and customer reporting; and “pharma-ready cargo-only charter options” for use within and outside its network.

Rob Walpole, vice president of cargo at Delta, commented: “Effective and rapid distribution of the vaccines as they reach final approvals is one of the most critical elements in containing the virus.

“That’s why we created a vaccine task force months ago charged with understanding requirements and working with healthcare and pharmaceutical experts, building scalable solutions to support the industry. After successfully shipping test vaccines throughout the summer and fall we are confident in our capability and stand ready to help ensure approved vaccines are broadly distributed.”

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