1 in 4 vaccine doses could be destroyed in transit, warn industry leaders

02/12/2020

A quarter of all approved Covid vaccine doses could be destroyed before ever reaching patients because of inefficiencies in the air cargo supply chain, GHI’s Digital Reconnect has heard.

A quarter of all approved Covid vaccine doses could be destroyed before ever reaching patients because of inefficiencies in the air cargo supply chain, GHI’s Digital Reconnect has heard.

The warning came as industry leaders urged immediate global collaboration as aviation tackles the “biggest logistical challenge in modern history”.

Celine Hourcade, Transition Director, TIACA told a panel on delivering the Covid vaccine: “This challenge will call for open and transparent partnership form all partners in the supply chain from governments down. Even rival operators need to be working together on vaccine delivery on a non-competitive basis and sharing information.”

Terence Yong, Regional Cargo Development Director APAC, dnata (Sydney) added: “Around 25% of vaccines will be damaged due to incorrect shipping and errors during transportation. That figure of one in four is staggering when you think about it.”

Damages were linked to delays or doses not being stored at recommended temperature ranges, he explained.

Yong revealed that dnata had carried out extensive skills development training among its handling teams in 2020 to be prepared for the vaccine delivery challenge.

The comments come at a point when some global ground handling businesses have reduced headcounts by 50% or more as a result of traumatic volume losses in 2020.

“Without the people in place moving the cargo we will not be able to do this,” concluded Hourcade of TIACA.