It has been about six months since the global COVID-19 vaccines distribution exercise was kicked off. Pharma.Aero recently conducted a retrospective performance review of air cargo by collating insights within Pharma.Aero membership on the measures undertaken, their hands-on experience and lessons learned from the initial handling and transportation of the COVID-19 vaccines, as well as from our Pharma Shippers on how air cargo has responded to the humanitarian task thus far. The project aims to provide additional insights to heighten industry readiness as more COVID-19 vaccines are being manufactured and shipped worldwide, as well as for any new emergencies that might be ahead of us.
The project revealed that the air cargo industry has performed generally well during the initial global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. From the membership survey and consultation, all member respondents have implemented new initiatives related to speed, reliability, security and transparency to improve on their handling and transportation of COVID-19 vaccine shipments. Despite the initial affirmation from vaccine manufacturers, a collective call was made for the air cargo industry to maintain the current strong attention to details, high service levels and close partnerships that have been forged.
Jaisey Yip, General Manager (Cargo & Logistics Development), Singapore Changi Airport and Vice
Chairman, Pharma.Aero said, “With more COVID-19 vaccine candidates receive approval, and more doses are
produced, working collectively with logistic partners in the supply chain, government agencies, vaccines
manufacturers, and the community to highlight potential problems, to share knowledge openly and to exchange
lessons learned is key and will be even so post-pandemic in the face of growing pressure on air cargo.”