Ethiopian aims to be “at the forefront” of Covid-19 vaccine distribution

Ethiopian Covid vaccine BruCure

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services says it is ready to distribute a potential Covid-19 vaccine across Africa and the rest of the world.

Through its Ethiopian Pharma Wing unit, the operator deployed its cargo terminal to help facilitate the flow of medical supplies, including PPEs, across the globe to help those battling the pandemic. It will now do the same to distribute a vaccine.

The terminal is the largest of its type in Africa and has annual capacity of around one million tons and compartmentalised temperature controlled cold storage facilities, according to Ethiopian.

“We are major cargo partners of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP) donor governments and philanthropists in facilitating the flow of essential medical supplies owing to our massive cargo facility including our Pharma Wing, our large dedicated freighter fleet and well trained manpower,” said Ethiopian’s group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam.

“As the world prepares to welcome a COVID-19 vaccine, we will be at the forefront in the distribution of the vaccine across the globe.”

The Pharma Wing is equipped with different climate chambers ranging between -23°C and 25°C, covering an area of 54,000sq m. It features dedicated cool dollies, a dedicated pharma team, lease/handling of Envirotainer and DoKaSCH-TS active containers, and a real-time temperature monitoring system.

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