DHL starts COVID-19 vaccine distribution, operates first flights to Israel


DHL has started the international distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. The government of Israel received the first batch of the vaccine with flights operated by DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding touched down at the Ben-Gurion International Airport Tel Aviv on December 09 and was received by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

DHL Global Forwarding also dedicated a charter flight for additional supplies of vaccine doses, which arrived at the Ben-Gurion airport on December 10.

Deutsche Post DHL Group is preparing to carry out further flights in December and beyond with vaccines from its worldwide operating hubs.

“After numerous months of preparation we are happy that our mission of vaccine distribution has now started and we could contribute our logistics expertise and capabilities to make vaccine accessible worldwide,” says Travis Cobb, head of Global Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express. “The current crisis has shown how indispensable international logistics networks are for ensuring that societies have the necessary personal protective equipment and test kits to secure their health. Now we are embarking on the next step in our common fight against the coronavirus. Our teams across 220 countries and territories and our global network as the backbone of cross-border Express logistics is ready – to deliver anytime and anywhere,” he added.

“The development of a Coronavirus vaccine is a silver lining and we are proud to play an active role as the most global logistics provider in bringing this silver lining to people. With our extensive logistics expertise in the life sciences and healthcare sector paired with the commitment and passion of our people we want to play our part in making the Corona pandemic history. That’s the purpose of Deutsche Post DHL Group – connecting people and improving lives,” states Thomas Mack, head of Global Airfreight, DHL Global Forwarding.

More than 9,000 specialists work across DHL’s dedicated global network so that pharmaceutical, medical devices, clinical trials and research organisations, wholesalers and distributors, as well as hospitals and healthcare providers are connected across the value chain and through digitalization, from clinical trials to point of care, and every step in between.

DHL’s portfolio for the healthcare industry includes more than 150 pharmacists, 20 clinical trials depots, 100 certified stations, 160 GDP-qualified warehouses, 15 GMP-certified sites and 135 medical express sites collectively.

With an aircraft fleet of more than 260 dedicated planes, numerous partner airlines and a hub and gateway network spanning more than 220 countries and territories DHL is optimally equipped and prepared for a worldwide supply of COVID-19 vaccines.


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