8,000 jumbo jets needed to deliver globally: IATA

View of a Boeing 747 aircraft from inside an airport terminal.

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Delivery of any future coronavirus vaccine requires “careful planning” to avoid “potentially serious” issues so as to prepare for global delivery, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned.

Calling it the “biggest single transport challenge”, the air transport body called on governments to begin preparations for mass delivery of a Kovid-19 vaccine.

“The potential size of delivery is huge. Providing a single dose to 7.8 billion people would fill 8,000 (Boeing) 747 cargo aircraft,” IATA said on Wednesday. The world’s population is estimated to be 7.8 billion in March this year.

“Land transportation will help developed economies, especially with local manufacturing capacity. But vaccines cannot be distributed globally without significant use air cargo,” IATA said.

The group urged governments to initiate plans with “industry stakeholders” when vaccines for Kovid-19 are approved and available for distribution. Several vaccines are currently under late clinical trial but only Russia has approved its own vaccine for use so far.

IATA stated that air cargo plays an important role in the delivery of vaccines in normal times through normal global time and temperature-sensitive delivery systems, “a capability that will be critical to transport vaccines around the world.”

‘Highly Valued Items’

Transport of vaccines is not simple; IATA has mentioned that they have to be transported at controlled and controlled temperatures in line with international regulatory requirements and delayed transportation to ensure product quality.

“While there are still many unknowns (dose numbers, temperature sensitivity, manufacturing locations, etc.), it is clear that the scale of activity will be vast, requiring cold chain facilities and delivery to every corner of the planet. Will be needed.”

IATA stated that the governments’ priorities were to ensure facilities, safety and border procedures were now formulated to ensure the quality of the vaccine. It recommended purchasing, or remodeling buildings to provide temperature-controlled facilities and equipment, as well as ensuring that enough people are trained to handle time and temperature-sensitive vaccines.

IATA said governments would also have to consider the current low cargo capacity of the global air transport industry, as a “serious drop” in passenger traffic, which forced many airlines to deploy fewer and more aircraft in the long term. Was. Storage.

Alexandra de Juniak, Director General and CEO of IATA, said, “If the limits remain closed, travel is halted, the fleet declines and employees faint, the life-saving vaccine will be greatly enhanced.”