According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), providing a single dose of the vaccine to 7.8 billion people will require the use of 8,000 Boeing 747 cargo aircraft – and now needs to start.
“Delivering Kovid-19 vaccines safely will be the mission of the century for the global air cargo industry,” IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniak said in a statement.
“We urge governments to take the lead in facilitating cooperation in the logistics chain so that facilities, security systems and border processes are ready for the huge and complex task ahead.”
The air cargo industry has long played an important role in vaccine delivery, providing well-established time and temperature-sensitive systems – which will be critical to the quick and efficient transport of Kovid-19 vaccines, the Note IATA.
Dozens of research teams around the world are working to develop SARS-CoV-2, a vaccine for the virus that causes the virus Kovid-19, which uses a mix of established technologies and new technologies.
Once a vaccine is approved for use, licensing and large scale manufacturing occurs. But without proper planning, these vaccines will not be able to fly the skies.
The major concerns cited by the IATA are the availability of trained staff as well as temperature-controlled facilities and equipment. Strong monitoring capabilities will also require space.
And then there are the current border restrictions, which need to be reduced. IATA says permits will need to be fast-tracked for operators carrying the vaccine, and flight crew members are exempted from quarantine requirements to ensure cargo supply chains, IATA says.
Safety is another concern, with IATA noting that vaccines will be highly valuable commodities. The shipment will need to be protected and protected from tampering and theft.
Pandemic affected cargo capacity
Many Boeing 747 passenger jets are still in storage, but the 747 freighters are proving to be the protagonists of the epidemic, carrying supplies by the ton.
The aviation industry is already playing a critical role during the epidemic, providing essential supplies for these efforts, especially with Boeing 747s to first responders.
The latest version of the Cargo 747 is based on the passenger model, the 747-8. At just over 250 feet, with the new engine and advanced aerodynamics, it is the tallest of all jumbo.
Cargo operators such as Silk Way Airlines, Atlas Air, Air Bridge Cargo (ABC) and Cargolux are making logical efforts to support first responders and will likely continue to do so when vaccine delivery arrives at the ramp.
For example, Moscow-based ABC has 17 747Fs – four 747-400Fs and 13 new 747-8Fs. (“F” means freer.)
“Air cargo solutions have never been more important to global healthcare services. At present, our international teams ship multiple flights daily to ensure that critical medical supplies protect those in need,” July, said ABC executive executive officer Tatyana Arslanova.
He touted the 747-8F’s climate-controlled cargo as one of the larger aircraft assets.
“Its three compartments can have different temperature settings from 4 ° C to 29 ° (39F to 84F), in addition to allowing us to transport perishable cargo such as temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and life-saving medical equipment. Opportunities can be found. “
Despite the presence of established operators, the IATA warned that the epidemic had a severe impact on the cargo capacity of the global air transport industry, with airlines dropping their networks and putting aircraft into long-term storage due to sluggish demand.
IATA acknowledged that land transportation would also play an important role in vaccine delivery – particularly in developed economies with local manufacturing capacity, “but vaccines cannot be distributed globally without significant use of air cargo.”
CNN’s Howard Slutsken contributed to this report.