Air Canada plays key role in getting Covid vaccine to Canadians

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Air Canada Cargo says it is playing an important role in transporting COVID-19 vaccines to Canada in partnership with supply chain partners.

“We are seeing shipments of vaccines and vaccine consumables being transported by Air Canada Cargo for distribution in Canada since December,” says Vito Cerone, vice president, Cargo Sales and Commercial Strategy at Air Canada.

“These shipments are a result of close collaboration with our supply chain partners, and our operational readiness to expertly handle them,” he adds.

Air Canada Cargo underwent an extensive preparedness exercise in 2020 to ensure all aspects of its operations were up-to-date and reflective of current requirements and standards for transporting vaccines.

In July, Air Canada became the first airline in Canada to achieve IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification. CEIV Pharma certification ensures international and national compliance to safeguard product integrity, while addressing specific air cargo needs. Certification requires that facilities, equipment, operations and staff comply with all applicable standards, regulations and guidelines expected from pharmaceutical manufacturers.

As part of its preparation, Air Canada Cargo also finalised agreements with additional suppliers of active, passive and hybrid packages, and increased capabilities for pharma handling by undergoing a thorough review of all stations in its network, including those managed by third parties.

Air Canada Cargo highlights it has over 20 years of experience shipping high-value, time- and temperature-sensitive products such as vaccines and pharmaceuticals, saying it offers:

  • Designated AC Pharmacair, and AC Absolute solutions for handling pharmaceuticals;
  • Compliance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) safety & security regulations;
  • Efficient transport and handling processes;
  • Web-based shipment tracking, use of approved data logging equipment;

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