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Equivalent of 8,000 Boeing 747s needed to distribute potential COVID-19 vaccine

11th September 2020

IATA is already working with stakeholders to put the pieces into place

The logistical super-plan needed to distribute a potential COVID19 vaccine, globally, was brought into sharp focus as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said, adding that it is already working with stakeholders to prepare for the eventuality.

"Safely delivering Covid-19 vaccines will be the mission of the century for the global air cargo industry. But it won't happen without careful advance planning. And the time for that is now," said IATA's chief executive Alexandre de Juniac, as quoted in the international press.

"We know the procedures well. What we need to do is scale them up to the magnitude that will be required," added Glyn Hughes, the industry body's head of cargo, adding that flights to low vaccine-producing countries will be critical.

The plan assumes one dose per person will be needed – an early assumption considering scientists are working around the clock to determine the efficacy and dosage needed for an effective rollout, which is also predicated on liaising effectively with airlines, airports, and pharmaceutical firms, as well as health authorities.

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Equivalent of 8,000 Boeing 747s needed to distribute potential COVID-19 vaccine