Emirates SkyCargo delivers 50m vaccine doses to major destinations


In the run-up to World Health Day on April 7, Emirates SkyCargo has become the first airline cargo carrier in the world to have transported more than 50 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines and more than 100 tonnes of syringes across the world on its flights.


Since the start of international distribution late last year, Emirates SkyCargo said it has transported over 220 tonnes of Covid-19 vaccines, equivalent to more than 50 million doses, on over 150 flights from manufacturing locations to 50 destinations on its network through Dubai. 


As early as October 2020, Emirates SkyCargo set up a European Union (EU) GDP certified dedicated airside hub for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines at its hub in Dubai. 


Overall, the carrier has transported six different kinds of Covid-19 vaccines, said a senior official.


“Emirates SkyCargo is proud to have reached the 50 million vaccine delivery milestone just ahead of World Health Day. As a socially responsible global air cargo carrier, our actions over the last year have always been directed at helping communities across the world, and especially those in developing nations, recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic,” remarked Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo. 


“We have been leading the global air cargo industry’s efforts and working with our partner organisations in Dubai to rapidly distribute Covid-19 vaccines through Dubai to the rest of the world,” he added.


In January 2021, Emirates SkyCargo joined hands with leading entities, DP World, International Humanitarian City and Dubai Airports to form the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Alliance to harness the strategic strengths of the emirate as a major global distribution hub for Covid-19 vaccines. 


In February 2021, Emirates SkyCargo signed a MoU with Unicef to prioritise transportation of Covid-19 vaccines in support of the Covax facility which is aimed at the equitable global distribution of vaccines, said Sultan.


“With its fleet of modern and efficient, all wide-body aircraft and a network that currently spans more than 130 destinations across six continents, combined with the strategic geographic location of its state of the art GDP certified Dubai hub, Emirates SkyCargo is a key global player in the secure and rapid global distribution of the vaccines,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service