Envirotainer: Mountain to climb on vaccine delivery

By Damian Brett

Image source: Envirotainer

Temperature-controlled container firm Envirotainer has warned that the air cargo industry faces an ongoing challenge in the transport of Covid-19 vaccines.

The company pointed out that so far only 56.9% of the world’s population has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“This illustrates the mountain left to climb,” said Envirotainer. “In doing so, pharmaceutical manufacturers, forwards, airlines and cold chain-solutions providers need to work seamlessly as extensions of each other.”

It added: “With much of Europe introducing new curbs on freedoms to reduce cases, the whole sector needs to be ready to meet increased demand for vaccines and boosters.”

The company encouraged total transparency on which consignments are crucial and need to be prioritised and further advance planning, not only in terms of keeping Covid-19 treatments moving, but also other life-saving drugs.

Envirotainer’s chief operating officer, Niklas Adamsson, said: “We’ve worked closely with our partners and customers, and now want to work even closer with those efforts in the face of Omicron. It’s crucial we continue to work in unity across the cold-chain to get the next doses to the patients, where they’re needed. It’s our responsibility as part of the fight against coronavirus, and we’re ready to do all we can.”

Envirotainer recently passed a milestone in the shipment of Covid-19 vaccines: 1bn have been carried in the company’s fleet of over 6,500 temperature-controlled air cargo containers.

“We’re incredibly proud of handling a billion vaccines at a time when air freight has been restricted and demand has been sky high,” said Adamsson.

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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]