Hope Consortium adds more forwarders to Covid-19 vaccine distribution efforts

By Damian Brett

More freight forwarders have joined the Hope Consortium, a UAE-based public-private partnership, to support the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines across the globe.

The latest partners are Bolloré Logistics, CEVA Logistics, DB Schenker, DHL, FedEx Express, MICCO Logistics, RSA Global and UPS.

The collaboration of leading freight forwarders continues to “cement the credibility of the Hope consortium as the main platform for sourcing logistical solutions for distributing Covid-19 vaccines globally”, the group said.

Spearheaded by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, the Hope Consortium comprises a range of supply chain companies, including Abu Dhabi Ports, as lead partner, Etihad Cargo and Rafed, as well as Switzerland’s SkyCell.

Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Undersecretary of Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, said: “Increasing our partners to 16 enables the HOPE consortium to continue to expand its reach and services to be a major player in the global logistical space for distributing billions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines, despite the great logistical challenge of transporting doses safely while maintaining their integrity.

“Partnering with more world-class freight forwarders enables the consortium to address the different needs of countries, NGOs, and pharma needs for most of the world. The consortium is part of the UAE’s efforts to provide solutions that support the global fight against Covid-19.”

In December, Agility, Aramex, Hellmann and Kuehne+Nagel joined the consortium.

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