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Emirates SkyCargo delivers 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Aviation Updates Philippines – In the run up to World Health Day (7 April), Emirates SkyCargo
has become the first airline cargo carrier in the world to have transported more than 50 million
doses of COVID-19 vaccines on its flights. The carrier has also transported more than 100
tonnes of syringes across the world to support the delivery of vaccines.

Since the start of international distribution late last year, Emirates SkyCargo has transported
over 220 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines, equivalent to more than 50 million doses, on more than
150 flights from manufacturing locations to 50 destinations on its network through Dubai.
Overall, the carrier has transported six different kinds of COVD-19 vaccines.


“Emirates SkyCargo is proud to have reached the 50 million COVID-19 vaccine delivery
milestone just ahead of World Health Day. As a socially responsible global air cargo carrier, our
actions over the last year have always been directed at helping communities across the world,
and especially those in developing nations, recover from the devastating impact of the
pandemic. We have been leading the global air cargo industry’s efforts and working with our
partner organizations in Dubai to rapidly distribute COVID-19 vaccines through Dubai to the rest
of the world,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

Emirates SkyCargo has remained agile and dynamic throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,
responding quickly to maintain international connectivity for essential goods across the world.

The carrier was one of the first in the world to deploy passenger aircraft for cargo only flights in
order to transport PPE, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and food. Over one year,
Emirates SkyCargo had operated more than 27,800 flights and transported over 100,000 tonnes
of essential commodities.

As early as October 2020, Emirates SkyCargo set up an EU GDP certified dedicated airside hub
for distribution of COVID-19 vaccines at its hub in Dubai. With its sophisticated infrastructure
and extensive storage capacity, Emirates SkyCargo positioned itself to fly in large quantities of
COVID-19 vaccines from manufacturing locations, store the vaccines in Dubai and then
regularly replenish vaccine supplies to developing nations with limited cold chain infrastructure
through its cargo flights.

In January 2021, Emirates SkyCargo joined hands with leading Dubai-based entities, DP World,
International Humanitarian City, and Dubai Airports to form the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Alliance
to harness the strategic strengths of Dubai as a major global distribution hub for COVID-19
vaccines. In February 2021, Emirates SkyCargo signed an MoU with UNICEF to prioritize
transportation of COVID-19 vaccines in support of the COVAX facility which is aimed at
equitable global distribution of vaccines.

With its fleet of modern and efficient all wide-body aircraft and a network that currently spans
more than 130 destinations across six continents, combined with the strategic geographic
location of its state-of-the-art GDP certified Dubai hub, Emirates SkyCargo is a key global player
in the secure and rapid global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

Press release from Emirates

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