Emirates SkyCargo transports Covid-19 vaccine to UAE

By Damian Brett

Emirates SkyCargo has flown Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech to the UAE for the first time.

The vaccines were transported from Brussels on Emirates flight EK 182 (B777) on 22 December, arriving at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

On arrival at DXB, the containers with the vaccines were unloaded on priority from the aircraft and then taken to Emirates SkyCargo’s dedicated pharma facility Emirates SkyPharma to await clearance for delivery.

Emirates Group chairman and chief executive Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “Emirates is proud to be transporting the first batch of Pfizer vaccines for COVID-19 into the UAE for the Dubai Health Authority.

“Our healthcare ecosystem has played an absolutely critical role in every step of the fight against Covid-19. I would like to thank everyone who has worked unceasingly over the last year to protect the lives of those most vulnerable against the disease.”

Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo, said: “Emirates SkyCargo has set up the world’s largest airside hub dedicated to distributing COVID-19 vaccines and we stand ready to support not just Dubai, but countries around the world, including markets with limited cool chain infrastructure with our advanced capabilities.”

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