Delta the latest US carrier to handle Covid-19 vaccine

By Damian Brett

Delta Cargo has transported Covid-19 vaccines from Detroit to Atlanta and San Fransisco following successful shipments of test vaccines earlier this year.

The carrier said that vaccines are being shipped with the highest priority on Delta aircraft, with the entire journey monitored by Delta’s “Vaccine Watch Tower” that provides tracking of vaccine shipments.

Rob Walpole, vice president at Delta Cargo, said: “Within three hours of being engaged, Delta Cargo had the vaccines in hand and on their way.

“Our successful Covid-19 vaccine shipments this week prove what we’ve known for a long time: that we’re ready and able to take on more in the all-hands-on-deck domestic and global distribution effort of this life-saving vaccine.

“Our vaccine task force, which was created months ago to understand the shipping requirements and work with healthcare and pharmaceutical experts, has built scalable critical shipment capabilities to support this effort.”

Earlier this week, UPS, FedEx, American and United also announced that they had flown vaccine shipments.

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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]