“A defining moment”: AirBridgeCargo transports CanSino’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate

AirBridgeCargo Airlines has completed the first transport of Chinese company CanSino’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate.

AirBridgeCargo, part of Volga-Dnepr Group, said to achieve the delivery it worked in partnership with UPS/Marken onboard one of the carrier’s 747 freighters.


A total of 6,000 doses of the Ad5-nCoV vaccine, weighing almost 400 kg, were packed into ‘CRЗDO XTREME’ passive temperature-controlled shipping containers, stacked and loaded into standard AKE containers, and delivered at a temperature between 2-8°C.

The vaccines will be used as part of a series of clinical trials conducted by CanSino in various countries across the globe.

Volga-Dnepr Group’s head of healthcare APAC at AirBridgeCargo and of its dedicated vaccine task force Casper Pan said: “It is a defining moment for our company and global healthcare team. After months of preparations, we are actually stepping into the Covid-19 vaccine transportation phase to deliver these sophisticated pharmaceutical products the whole world relies on as a source which will help all of us to get back to normal.

“Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our APAC and global healthcare team, the first transportation went smoothly and we are ready to leverage the stable flows.”

Volga-Dnepr Group healthcare director Yulia Celetaria added: “We would like to thank our customer, UPS, who has been masterminding the transportation with us, going step by step to guarantee that the vaccine efficacy is 100 per cent maintained. We hope for further cooperation through our joint shipments, workshops and follow-up online meetings.”

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