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Emirates SkyCargo Becomes First Air Cargo Carrier To Deliver 50M Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines To More Than 50 Destinations

  • Air cargo carrier transported more than 220 tonnes
    of COVID-19 vaccines on over 150 flights to over 50

In celebration of World Health Day
(7 April), Emirates SkyCargo has become the first airline
cargo carrier in the world to have transported more than 50
million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on its flights. The
carrier has also transported more than 100 tonnes of
syringes across the world to support the delivery of

Since the start of international
distribution late last year, Emirates SkyCargo has
transported over 220 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines, equivalent
to more than 50 million doses, on more than 150 flights from
manufacturing locations to 50 destinations on its network
through Dubai. Overall, the carrier has transported six
different kinds of COVD-19 vaccines.

Watch a video
about Emirates SkyCargo’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior
Vice President, Cargo, said: “Emirates SkyCargo is proud to
have reached the 50 million COVID-19 vaccine delivery
milestone just ahead of World Health Day. As a socially
responsible global air cargo carrier, our actions over the
last year have always been directed at helping communities
across the world, and especially those in developing
nations, recover from the devastating impact of the
pandemic. We have been leading the global air cargo
industry’s efforts and working with our partner
organisations in Dubai to rapidly distribute COVID-19
vaccines through Dubai to the rest of the

Emirates SkyCargo has remained agile and
dynamic throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, responding quickly
to maintain international connectivity for essential goods
across the world. The carrier was one of the first in the
world to deploy passenger aircraft for cargo only flights in
order to transport PPE, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals
and food. Over one year, Emirates SkyCargo had operated more
than 27,800 flights and transported over 100,000 tonnes of
essential commodities.

As early as October 2020,
Emirates SkyCargo set up an EU GDP certified dedicated
airside hub for distribution of COVID-19 vaccines at its hub
in Dubai. With its sophisticated infrastructure and
extensive storage capacity, Emirates SkyCargo positioned
itself to fly in large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines from
manufacturing locations, store the vaccines in Dubai and
then regularly replenish vaccine supplies to developing
nations with limited cold chain infrastructure through its
cargo flights.

In January 2021, Emirates SkyCargo
joined hands with leading Dubai-based entities, DP World,
International Humanitarian City and Dubai Airports to form
the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Alliance to harness the
strategic strengths of Dubai as a major global distribution
hub for COVID-19 vaccines. In February 2021, Emirates
SkyCargo signed an MoU with UNICEF to prioritise
transportation of COVID-19 vaccines in support of the COVAX
facility which is aimed at equitable global distribution of

With its fleet of modern and efficient all
wide-body aircraft and a network that currently spans more
than 130 destinations across six continents, combined with
the strategic geographic location of its state of the art
GDP certified Dubai hub, Emirates SkyCargo is a key global
player in the secure and rapid global distribution of
COVID-19 vaccines.


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