Cool Chain Association launches Covid-19 airport matrix

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has launched a Covid-19 matrix to help airports prepare operations for the launch of vaccines.

The matrix looks at adherence to temperature requirements, packaging, forecast and quantity, and timeframe across different stages in a vaccine’s journey through an airport.

CCA members will fill out the matrix and then bring together the information to help the supply chain to focus on potential pinch points, training needs, safety and security, as well as supplier and risk management, and quality.

The matrix also incorporates sections on facilities, and warehouse, and ramp operations.

“CCA members can share vital information which, once consolidated, will provide a useful resource as the industry prepares in the best way we can for the distribution of the vaccines,” said Nicola Caristo, secretary general at the CCA and airline partner manager at SkyCell.

“We are not aiming to suddenly find an end-to-end solution, but focusing on airports, where we know there are potential bottlenecks and where we can use the vast knowledge in our network to help establish workable guidelines.”

The scheme was unveiled during CCA’s recent Covid-19 Taskforce Workshop, where the focus was also placed on the need for both shippers and legislators to play their part.

“It will be essential to have the buy-in from customs and other legislators,” said CCA board member Fabrizio Iacobacci, head of pharma business development at Bcube Air Cargo.

“But we should also look at encouraging shippers to be involved and start investing in signing up for Known Shipper status wherever possible to help speed up the process.”

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]