Ethiopian Airlines delivers its first Covid-19 vaccine shipment from Beijing (PEK) to N’Djamena (NDJ), via Addis Ababa (ADD).
The 6 February vaccine delivery to the African continent is part of a partnership between Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, the cargo unit of Ethiopian Airlines Group, and Alibaba’s Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to establish an air freight cool chain for transporting temperature-controlled medicines.
“We are glad that we have launched the delivery of our mission-critical service with the distribution of Covid-19 vaccine,” says Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam, according to the Nation. “We will be repeating the remarkable and globally recognised success in leading the fast delivery of PPE a few months ago with similar delivery speed, professional handling and maintaining the cold chain during the global vaccine distribution,” he adds.
Ethiopian’s cargo terminal in Addis Ababa is equipped with different temperature storage facilities ranging between -23˚ to 25˚ making its Pharma Wing suitable for handling pharmaceuticals and all types of temperature-sensitive healthcare supplies. The terminal has an annual capacity of around one million tonnes and compartmentalised temperature controlled cold storage facilities.