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Vaccines gateway Netherlands prepares for shipments

Sixty companies as part of Vaccines Gateway Netherlands (VGN) are working together at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to ensure the safe, secure, and swift transportation of the COVID-19 vaccines from manufacturer to end-user now that the vaccines are approved by the European Medicine Agency, situated in Amsterdam.  


The Group includes Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and Air Cargo Netherlands members including manufacturers, Dutch airports, airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers, trucking companies, and General Sales Agents.


Business services also taking part include banks, insurance companies, educational institutes, consultancies, staffing agents, and security companies.

“VGN is fully committed and feels responsible to fulfil this vital task and deliver high-end quality throughout the whole airfreight supply chain,” said Ferry van der Ent, Director of Business Development, Schiphol Cargo. The Taskforce strives to be the European Gateway for the most efficient, secure, and reliable handling and transportation of COVID-19 vaccines. The Corona pandemic has had a tremendous effect on all of us worldwide and this will remain the case until the virus has been eradicated, which most effectively will be achieved by a successful vaccine. The vaccines will be produced at a set of specific sites around the globe and it will require a large distribution network and collaboration between stakeholders in the logistics supply chain to deliver and handle as quickly as possible."

“VGN members are greatly experienced in handling temperature-controlled shipments and we will be sharing knowledge and data to make sure the vaccines safely reach their destination at the right time,” said Maarten van As, Managing Director, Air Cargo Netherlands. 

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