DHL Express delivers US donation of 1.5M Covid-19 vaccines to Thailand

DHL Express has delivered the first batch of 1.5 million Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine doses donated by the US Government to Thailand.

From door-to-door in just three days, DHL Express flew the vaccines in thermal packaging and subsequently arranged for it to be sent directly to a designated warehouse in Thailand.

The arrival of 1.5 million doses, part of the US donation to Southeast Asian countries, aims to help Thailand and the region accelerate their vaccination programs and provide equitable access to immunisation as to keep their populations safe, and ensure that their economies can recover

“We are deeply grateful for the trust that our customers have placed in us in handling this precious cargo,” said DHL Express Thailand & Head of Indochina Managing Director, Herbert Vongpusanachai.

“It marks another milestone in combating the spread of Covid-19, assisting the country’s recovery and protecting healthcare professionals on the frontline from Covid-19 infection. We are proud to leverage our capabilities and network to transport this life-saving cargo in accordance
with the stringent logistics requirements to get through the pandemic.

“To date, DHL has transported close to 550 million vaccine doses to 147 countries worldwide. This is in line with our mandate of connecting people and improving lives and we are proud to continue playing an active role in seeking a safe, new normal for the businesses and communities we serve.”

One of the key challenges faced in the shipment of the Covid-19 vaccines, according to DHL Express, is the stringent temperature requirements of the vaccine. The vaccine was delivered in specially designed thermal shipper packaging customised by the manufacturer. Each shipment was packed with dry ice to regulate the temperature, enabling its use in locations that lack the physical infrastructure to otherwise maintain the required temperature. Temperature trackers equipped with sophisticated GPS technology are fitted within each thermal shipping box to provide full visibility throughout the shipment’s entire journey.

DHL Express arranged for the collection of the vaccines from facilities in the US before it was airlifted to the DHL Express Bangkok Hub and Gateway, where they would then be distributed to designated locations in Thailand.

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