FedEx completes one-year of delivering first Covid-19 vaccine
Since the beginning of the pandemic, FedEx has delivered approximately 14,000 Covid-19 related humanitarian relief shipments globally including three FedEx charter flights carrying oxygen concentrators and medical supplies to India.
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. delivered the first shipments of the Covid-19 vaccines to dosing centers in the United States a year ago. The day marked a turning point in global efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic as transportation companies like FedEx, healthcare companies and government officials coordinated the first shipments to begin vaccinating communities.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, FedEx has delivered approximately 14,000 Covid-19 related humanitarian relief shipments globally, including three FedEx charter flights carrying oxygen concentrators and medical supplies to India. The company will also continue to deliver vaccines throughout another busy holiday season, in which FedEx expects to deliver 100 million more packages than the company delivered during the 2019 holiday season.
“With a network designed for time-definite express transportation, custom critical shipping, and customs brokerage, FedEx continues to work closely with governments, healthcare customers, and administration sites to help ensure vaccines and related supplies move where and when needed. Over the last year, we’ve expanded our transportation of Covid-19 vaccines to more than 50 countries and territories around the world. We’re committed to helping to end this pandemic and building for a better future for all,” said Raj Subramaniam, President and COO of FedEx Corporation.
“The Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region is home to more than 75 percent of the world’s total population,” said Kawal Preet, president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express. “Having successfully delivered over 37 kilotons of personal protective equipment and other healthcare supplies inbound to AMEA during the first one and a half years of the pandemic, we remain united behind the purpose of delivering these mission-critical shipments safely and reliably to our communities.”
Shipments of the vaccines and critical medical supplies are picked up from the manufacturers and distributors and delivered to communities around the world. Network capabilities also enable the movement of sensitive shipments such as active pharmaceutical ingredients and therapeutics that play an important role in the fight against Covid-19.
Before the pandemic, FedEx developed innovative technologies and expanded its cold-chain storage facilities, which support vaccine shipments and other healthcare businesses.