Transport and logistics company, DHL, has commenced the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.
The Government of Israel received the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines via DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding last week.
The first DHL Express aircraft touched down at the Ben-Gurion International Airport Tel Aviv last Wednesday morning and was received by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
DHL Global Forwarding, the international freight specialist arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group, also dedicated a charter flight for additional supplies of vaccine doses, which arrived at the Ben-Gurion airport on 10 December at 3pm local time – with more to follow.
“After numerous months of preparation we are happy that our mission of vaccine distribution has now started and we could contribute our logistics expertise and capabilities to make vaccine accessible worldwide,” said Travis Cobb, Head of Global Network Operations and Aviation at DHL Express.
“The current crisis has shown how indispensable international logistics networks are for ensuring that societies have the necessary personal protective equipment and test kits to secure their health.
Now we are embarking on the next step in our common fight against the coronavirus. Our teams across 220 countries and territories and our global network as the backbone of cross- border Express logistics is ready – to deliver anytime and anywhere,” he said.
“The development of a Coronavirus vaccine is a silver lining and we are proud to play an active role as the most global logistics provider in bringing this silver lining to people,” said Thomas Mack, Head of Global Airfreight, DHL Global Forwarding.
“With our extensive logistics expertise in the Life Sciences & Healthcare sector paired with the commitment and passion of our people we want to play our part in making the Corona pandemic history.
“That’s the purpose of Deutsche Post DHL Group – connecting people and improving lives,” he said.
In addition to the first flights to Israel, DHL is preparing to carry out further flights in December with vaccines from its worldwide operating hubs.
More than 9,000 specialists work across DHL’s dedicated global network so that pharmaceutical, medical devices, clinical trials and research organisations, wholesalers and distributors, as well as hospitals and healthcare providers are connected across the value chain and through digitalisation, from clinical trials to point of care, and every step in between.
Specialised transport and logistics companies are competing to deliver world class medical supply chain services in the lead-up to the launch of a Covid-19 vaccine.