UPS Healthcare boosts its SE Asian distribution capabilities for COVID-19 vaccines with the addition of ultra-low temperature freezer farms in Singapore.
With an estimated 340 million Covid-19 vaccine doses required to inoculate Southeast Asia, Singapore has been actively ramping up its cold storage capacity at Changi Airport (SIN) to become a centre for COVID-19 vaccine distribution for the region.
UPS is supporting the country’s ambitions by deploying ultra-low temperature freezer farms at its dedicated healthcare logistics facility in Singapore. The freezers in these farms can reach temperatures of up to -80 degrees Celsius and are identical to those currently in use by UPS in its global facilities for COVID-19 vaccine storage.
UPS showcased its latest ultra-cold chain capabilities during a visit to the facility by Singapore’s Minister of Transport, Ong Ye Kung.
“Right from the start, UPS has been actively participating in global COVID-19 vaccine distribution,” says Scott Price, president, UPS International. “We have delivered more than 152 million doses into 46 countries to date. But more needs to be done in accelerating equitable vaccine delivery to underserved regions, and this is where Singapore comes in.
“The country is an important hub in our smart global network and home to our Asia Pacific headquarters. We are excited to boost our vaccine distribution readiness in support of this goal.”
Beyond storing and transporting vaccines, UPS says its healthcare ‘network within a network’ has also delivered important supporting elements for administering COVID-19 vaccines, such as syringes, diluents and accompanying medical supplies.
It adds that its successful COVID-19 vaccine deliveries are also creating long-term value for the future distribution of new drugs, especially biologics, which make up more than half of all new pharmaceuticals in the pipeline.
“With increased capabilities in cold chain storage and transportation, UPS Healthcare is ready to support the delivery of future medicines,” says Sebastian Chan, president of Global Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics for UPS Asia Pacific.