Home News Caribbean Airlines is preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
… Says that it can facilitate the transportation of temperature-controlled loads
Caribbean Airlines Cargo announced on Monday that it is currently developing a COVID-19 vaccine transportation plan to ensure its readiness to distribute the drug throughout the Caribbean.
The airline, in a statement, explained that it is currently consulting with stakeholders before making preparations for moving the vaccine.
The carrier said it can facilitate the transportation of temperature-controlled shipments to the Caribbean from several territories around the world including Europe, India and the United States. It covers the whole of the Caribbean including but not limited to Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Bahamas and St Maarten.
“Caribbean Airlines Cargo offers extensive global and regional connectivity through its scheduled flights, charter flights and interline arrangements,” said the airline.
Cargo and New Business General Manager at Caribbean Airlines, Marklan Moseley, explained that the company was “unwavering in its commitment to serving the region”.
“Our cargo operations continue to support the Caribbean, supplying critical cargo and ensuring the movement of goods in and out of the region,” he said.
He reminded the company that in the early stages of the pandemic, Caribbean Airlines Cargo had demonstrated its responsiveness by introducing a cargo charter service for Caribbean countries that experience limited connectivity as a result of passenger flights at base.
The airline also worked in partnership with the Caribbean Disaster Management Authority (CDEMA) in August 2020 to distribute COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) to 16 Caribbean countries.
“We look forward to playing a pivotal role in the recovery of our region through the safe and efficient removal of the COVID-19 vaccine,” noted Moseley.
For its part, the Government of Guyana has already begun preparations for the vaccine and it is anticipated that cold storage areas should be ready by mid-January.
US drug company Moderna had announced that its vaccine, the mRNA-1273 from Biotech, could be stored in a standard refrigerator with temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius (36 degrees to 46 degrees Fahrenheit) for 30 days.
However, the Pfizer and BioNtech vaccine must be stored at very cold temperatures of minus 70 to 80 degrees.
Guyana accesses its vaccines through the COVAX facility, a global initiative that brings governments and manufacturers together to ensure COVID-19 vaccines reach those in greatest need.