Hope Consortium earmarks 18 bn vaccines delivery around the world by the end of 2021

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Abu Dhabi’s Hope Consortium is targeting to deliver 18 billion vaccines around the world by the end of this year.

The consortium has distributed over 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to 26 countries since its formation in November 2020, authorities informed.

The global logistics centre’s facilities in Abu Dhabi can store up to 70 million vaccines, which require standard refrigeration temperatures of 2°C to 8°C, including those produced by Sinopharm and Oxford/AstraZeneca. It also has the capacity to handle between three million and five million vaccines that require ultra-cold storage of -80°C. There are 50 ‘freezer farm’ units in the facility for such vaccines.

The hub is being run by the Department of Health Abu Dhabi; Rafed; Etihad Cargo; Abu Dhabi Ports Company; and SkyCell.

Agility, Aramex, CEVA Logistics, Hellmann, and Kuehne + Nagel are the forwarder partners onboarded to deliver billions of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses.

“Abu Dhabi Ports have developed one of the best storages for the vaccines. We don’t only deliver them to airports across the world but also coordinate with governments to transport the vaccines to hospitals or centres where they will be administered from,” said Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports and Chairman of the operations steering committee of Hope Consortium.

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