Emirates-moved vaccines pass 600 million doses

Emirates SkyCargo has transported more than 2,800 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines from 35 origins to over 80 destinations in the last ten months.

With the increasing roll-out of vaccination and booster campaigns across global markets, Emirates SkyCargo witnessed a steady increase in the demand for transportation of COVID-19 vaccines in the second half of 2021. In October and November 2021 alone, the Dubai-based cargo carrier moved more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, almost one-third of the total transported by the carrier since the start of the pandemic.

"Emirates SkyCargo remains committed to the rapid distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable communities around the world. When we formulated our COVID-19 distribution strategy in 2020, we prioritised the movement of vaccines through our Dubai hub to developing countries.

“I'm happy to announce that nearly two-thirds of the total vaccines we transported were headed to destinations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo.

North America and Europe are the main origin regions for COVID-19 vaccines for Emirates SkyCargo. Its GDP-certified pharma terminal in Chicago has handled more than 160 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines flown from the US to countries around the world.

In June 2021, Emirates SkyCargo expanded its pharma cool chain infrastructure at Dubai International Airport, allowing it to store an additional estimated 60-90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.