8,000 jumbo jets needed to supply global vaccines

Delivery of a coronavirus vaccine worldwide will be "the biggest transport challenge ever", according to the airline industry.

'8,000 jumbo jets needed to supply global vaccines'

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said the equivalent of 8,000 Boeing 747s will be, needed.

There is no vaccine for Covid 19 yet, but the IATA is already working with airlines, airports, the World Health Organization and drug dealers on a global aircraft project.

The distribution program assumes that only one food is needed’ per person.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's chief executive, said: "The delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine will be the mission of the century for the global aviation cargo industry. But it will not happen without careful planning. And now is the time. Is."

Although airlines are focusing on delivering cargo during the worst of passenger flights, the in-flight vaccine is more complex.

Not all aircraft are suitable for delivering vaccines because the temperature range for carrying them is between 2 and 8C. Some vaccines may require freezing temperatures that release more aircraft

Glenn Hughes, head of industry body cargo, added: "We know the procedure well. We need to measure what we need to do."

He added that flights to some parts of the world, including parts of Southeast Asia, would be important because of their lack of vaccine development capabilities.

Military health related
The IATA says it will now be "impossible" to distribute a single vaccine across Africa.

Transportation will require "almost military precision" and cool facilities throughout the network where the vaccine will be, kept.

Initial development of about 140 vaccines is underway, and about two dozen people are now being tested’ in clinical trials.

Is developing an Oxford University that is already in the advanced stages of testing.

The IATA has urged governments to start careful planning now to ensure that vaccines are fully ready once they are approved and available for distribution.

Ensuring that they are handled and transported at controlled’ temperatures is another issue.

The IATA added that "vaccines will be a very valuable commodity. Arrangements must be made to ensure that arrangements are protected from tampering and theft."


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