Covid-19 vaccine taskforce BRUcure unveils vaccine readiness label
Air Cargo Belgium and Brussels Airport Company’s dedicated Covid-19 vaccine taskforce, BRUcure has launched a readiness label. This label can be used by companies in the taskforce and indicates that a company is fully ready to transport, handle or store the Covid-19 vaccine. Furthermore, the label strengthens the image of the taskforce company that is using the label.
To obtain the label, companies need to fulfil certain pre-requisites. Companies that need to store the vaccine need to have a dedicated pharma storage. According to Air Cargo Belgium and Brussels Airport Company, there is approximately 30 000 m² of cold pharma storage at BRUcargo and it seems to increase as some companies are extending their capacity. Secondly, the companies who obtained the label also need to follow the BRUcure Guideline Document apart from the existing pharma handling SOPs and apply the guidelines that Air Cargo Belgium has created where applicable. The companies need to use the Airside Pharma Transporter (APT) in procedure. This aims to guarantee there is no temperature deviation for the Covid-19 vaccine shipments. Finally, the companies intend to implement the digital platform so called CargoFlow Explorer. It is a digital solution developed by Nallian (invested by BAC) in order to get a full visibility for all pharma shipments.
Currently, 15 companies within the BRUcure Taskforce have already obtained the label. These include Aviapartner Cargo, Bolloré Logistics, DHL Global Forwarding, dnata, EFL Global, Expeditors, FB Logistics, Hazgo, Kuehne + Nagel, Lufthansa Cargo (Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines), Singapore Airlines, Swissport Cargo Services, TUI, United Airlines and WFS.