Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Abu Dhabi’s HOPE Consortium extends reach with new freight partners

The HOPE Consortium, a UAE-based public-private partnership tasked with coordinating the safe and efficient international distribution of billions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines, has taken on new partners to help expand its global reach and strengthen its logistics.

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The consortium has added several freight forwarders to its mission, including Bolloré Logistics, CEVA Logistics, DB Schenker, DHL, FedEx Express, MICCO Logistics, RSA Global, and UPS, which will help meet the complex requirements of planning demand, storing and transporting billions of vaccine doses under cold and ultra-cold conditions.

Spearheaded by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health, the HOPE Consortium comprises some of the UAE’s and global leading supply chain companies, including Abu Dhabi Ports, as lead partner, Etihad Cargo and Rafed, as well as Switzerland’s SkyCell.

H.E Dr Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Abu Dhabi’s Undersecretary of Department of Health 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.”

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