Cathay Pacific reaches milestone in vaccine delivery

The carrier achieved the15-million-dose landmark upon delivery of a new batch of Fosun Pharma/BioNTech vaccines into Hong Kong.

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Cathay Pacific Cargo ships 15 million vaccine doses

Cathay Pacific has passed the milestone of shipping 15 million Covid-19 vaccine doses around the world with the delivery of a  new batch of shots today, 13 April. The landmark figure includes those have been imported for use in Hong Kong, as well as supply for distribution to Mexico, Malaysia and Indonesia.

“The 15-million-dose landmark was achieved today upon delivery of a new batch of Fosun Pharma/BioNTech vaccines into Hong Kong,” said John Cheng, Cathay Pacific head of cargo markets and products. “This week, we also have two other shipments from Beijing to Mexico carrying doses of Sinovac and CanSino vaccines.

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The airline said that all of these shipments deploy its new multidimensional tracking and data-logging system. To date, Cathay has carried five different Covid-19 vaccine brands, including AstraZeneca, Fosun Pharma/BioNTech, CanSino, Covaxin and Sinovac, which require different handling temperatures ranging from -70°C to 2-8°C.

Whilst most of the vaccine delivery flights have been to online ports, the airline noted that shipments to Latin America and the Caribbean have showcased the strength of its extended network.

“We are also hugely appreciative of the efforts from our operational teams across the world, whose expertise has enabled us to move these delicate vaccine shipments with confidence, ensuring they arrive at their destination in perfect condition,” cargo director Tom Owen noted.

“We stand ready to play our part to deliver more of these much-needed vaccines as the world tackles the global pandemic. Our vaccine solution has proven itself to be ideally suited to the fast and effective distribution of vaccines across the globe, using our extensive global network of both freighter and passenger fleets.”

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