Air cargo’s moon shot: Get COVID vaccine to world

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Air cargo’s moon shot: Get COVID vaccine to world

Postby J » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:48 pm

International Air Transport Association warns of severe capacity constraints, calls on governments to facilitate supply chain cooperation

It will take more than 8,000 Boeing 747 all-cargo jets to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine to 8 billion people worldwide. If more than one dose is required, the required airlift will be much greater, the International Air Transport Association says.

Airline industry officials are warning that an air cargo system suffering from severe capacity shortages and not equipped to move massive quantities of temperature-sensitive cargo will be stretched to its limits without sustained collaboration between governments, aid agencies, transportation providers and manufacturers.

Governments should organize public-private partnerships and coordinate with one another to plan emergency distribution, help pre-establish a network of warehouses and transportation capabilities, and remove regulatory impediments to logistics operations, IATA and freight-handling companies say.

Whether the equivalent of 8,000 jumbo jet flights are needed for the COVID-19 vaccine is open to debate. Trucks are expected to help deliver vaccines in developed economies with manufacturing capacity. There may be production shortages and some people will refuse a vaccine. But airfreight will be required for long-distance moves. Some volume could also move in the lower decks of passenger aircraft. IATA’s figure, however, illustrates the magnitude of the logistics challenge associated with an emergency distribution effort.

Express delivery and logistics giant DHL, in a recent white paper, estimated that delivering 10 billion doses over the next two years will require 15,000 flights, about 200,000 pallet and container moves, and 15 million cooler boxes.
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The airline industry, together with airports, freight forwarders and ground handling partners, invested heavily last decade in temperature-controlled services in response to pharmaceutical industry concerns about gaps in the chain of custody that compromised shipment integrity. Between 2000 and 2013, air cargo’s share of global pharma product transport declined from 17% to 11%, according to IATA. Half of all temperature deviations occurred while products were in the hands of airlines and airports, resulting in $2.5 billion to $12.5 billion in annual losses.

In response, the trade association and other groups created stringent validation programs for facilities to demonstrate participating members meet the highest temperature-controlled shipping and storage standards. Lufthansa Cargo, for example, recently opened new pharmaceutical storage facilities in Munich and Chicago. It has 31 temperature-controlled facilities in its network, most of them certified for their expertise and quality control in processing pharmaceutical products. ... e-to-world

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Re: Air cargo’s moon shot: Get COVID vaccine to world

Postby Not_Karl » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:12 pm

It would be way more practical to chemtrail us with the vaccine...
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Re: Air cargo’s moon shot: Get COVID vaccine to world

Postby Gabriel » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:14 pm

It would be way more practical to chemtrail us with the vaccine...
However that would be effective only on the very small tinfoil-hat-bearing population.

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Re: Air cargo’s moon shot: Get COVID vaccine to world

Postby elaw » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:32 am

Is anyone else noticing the one missing thing that to me makes that article laughable?

What's the timeframe?????

This massive amount of resources they talk about... is that to get a vaccine distributed overnight, Santa Claus-style? Or does it need to be done in a week? Both of those, yeah, probably not possible. But how about in a month? Or 3 months? Or 6?

I'd say that this is one case where, within reason, the phrase "better late than never" applies.
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Re: Air cargo’s moon shot: Get COVID vaccine to world

Postby 3WE » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:07 pm

Severe context diversion, but after 20 years of parlour talk (and in spite of what Evan, Gabriel, Bobby and flyboy think, I am prepared to apply for right seat employment, monitoring the transponder reply light AND pulling the CB on the ADS-B system when we get near Ken’s house.

Anyone with me?
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