The coronavirus pandemic called for the need for everyone to do their bit – be it big or small – in curbing the highly-contagious and fast-spreading infection. In light of this, Emirates airline has vowed to make regular day-to-day deliveries of the Covid-19 vaccine to developing and poorer countries with low storage capacities. This is part of the aviation company’s initiative to speed up the process of global vaccine distribution. According to AFP, Emirates will use both its cargo and passenger fleets to deliver jabs to countries which do not possess the means to stockpile vaccines. The same was revealed by the deputy head of Emirates’ cargo division Nabil al-Morr.
“The majority of these countries have storage problems, while we have the capacity,” he told the publication, adding that the initiative involves most developing countries in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Dubai, a key transport hub, announced the initiative on Sunday to accelerate the delivery of coronavirus vaccines, particularly to developing nations, after the World Health Organization warned against abandoning the world’s poor.
The Vaccine Logistics Alliance includes Emirates airline and DP World, making use of the global logistics giant’s network of ports and the city state’s airports, according to Dubai authorities. The alliance will “support” the WHO’s Covax initiative — the globally-pooled vaccine procurement and distribution effort — to disburse two billion vaccine doses, the Dubai Media Office said in a statement on Sunday. Dubai said the alliance will work with pharmaceutical manufacturers, forwarders, and government agencies to transport vaccines, some of which have to be kept at very cold temperatures. UAE, the Gulf country, which includes Dubai and six other emirates, has yet again witnessed a massive spike in cases following the holiday period, after initially fully opening up to tourism.