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Emirates working with Pfizer, others on vaccine transport ‘challenge’

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An Airbus A380-800 passenger aircraft of the Emirates Airlines at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.

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Emirates is working with international pharmaceutical corporations, together with Pfizer, to deal with the logistical challenges of distributing coronavirus vaccines, in keeping with Emirates President Tim Clark.

“The industry is trying to establish best practice involving the third-party supply chain and this logistical exercise, to ensure we get them (vaccines) to the markets that need them so badly, and basically that’s the whole planet,” Clark instructed CNBC in an unique interview on Sunday. 

Last week Pfizer introduced that its vaccine candidate, developed in collaboration with Germany’s BioNTech, is greater than 90% efficient in stopping Covid-19. Clark stated Emirates and others within the aviation business have been working with Pfizer on the complicated logistics of transporting it to the world. 

“The logistics of distribution of this vaccine of this nature, given the conditions under which it has to be shipped, it’s going to be a challenge for the industry,” Clark added. During cargo and storage, the Pfizer vaccine candidate have to be saved at round -100 levels Fahrenheit (-70 Celsius) with a view to keep optimum efficacy. 

“We’re working on trying to move this Pfizer vaccine in specialty designed containers on our planes, in our holds, and in the cabins, and keeping them at that level through the distribution point,” Clark stated. “We have the chillers, we have the freezers, we have the logistical control for the airline to get these vaccines into multiple parts of the world where others cannot.” 

Pfizer stated that based mostly on present projections, it expects to supply as much as 50 million vaccine doses in 2020, and as much as 1.three billion doses in 2021, in keeping with NBC News. Other vaccine candidates are additionally in medical trials all over the world. U.S.-backed front-runners embrace vaccines from Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

“If more vaccines come to market, which are perhaps not so onerous with regard to their transportation conditions — they can be transported at minus ten or minus five degrees Centigrade – then we have got a better chance of getting them out sooner,” Clark stated. 

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