China Airlines launches ultra-low temp vaccine service

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China Airlines launches Ultra-Low Temperature Service as it continues to grow its pharma capabilities including IATA CEIV Pharma Certification.

The only airline in Taiwan to have obtained international pharmaceutical cold chain logistics certification, the new ultra-low temperature cargo service was launched ahead of the impending demand for COVID-19 vaccine uplift. Deliveries for cargo chilled to as low as -80°C can now be undertaken once dry ice is added.

China Airlines has been actively expanding into the modern pharmaceutical cold chain logistics market since 2013 and made the step for CEIV Pharma certification April 2019.

Comprehensive measures were put in place by China Airlines for analysis of station capability before shipping and personnel training. In addition to full-time monitoring during transportation and warehouse priority, cargo owners can also monitor the temperature and battery level of temperature-controlled containers online.

The Taiwanese airline says the high standard of service and attention to detail during transportation played a critical part in obtaining CEIV certification.

“China Airlines has extensive experience and internationally-recognised qualifications for cold chain air cargo services,” it says. Low-temperature cargo is held in containers with active temperature control to shield them from changes in ambient temperature even if moving between the northern and southern hemispheres with their very different seasons.

All goods that must be kept between +25°C and -20°C including flu vaccines, anti-cancer drugs, insulin and rapid test agents can all be transported in a secure and stable manner, it adds.

China Airlines also has agreements with international passive temperature-controlled container suppliers to expand the service portfolio to include ultra-low temperature delivery. The passive ultra-low temperature containers utilise a combination of patented vacuum insulated panels and phase change materials effectively maintaining the specified temperature for up to 5 days.

A storage temperature as low as -80°C can even be achieved with the addition of dry ice. This provides certain vaccines with the stable and safe temperature they need to maintain their efficacy, quality during transport, and cost-effective delivery, the carrier notes.

Highlighting the rising demand for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines, China Airlines says it has made all the necessary preparations and has received a number of inquiries on transportation plans for different types of vaccines.

“China Airlines’ CEIV Pharma certification, many years of experience in professional transportation, and extensive network covering major European and American cities such as Frankfurt, London , New York and Chicago, mean that it stands ready to meet the demand for vaccine transportation,” the carrier says. It adds that talks are underway with partner airlines on opportunities offered by the transhipment of vaccines by other countries.

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