IAG Cargo moves 2.5 mn Covid vaccines to Latin America, Caribbean

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IAG Cargo today announced that the business has now delivered 2.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines into Latin America and the Caribbean since January.

In February it was announced that IAG Cargo has been appointed as one of the airlines to support UNICEF’s Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to support the COVAX facility.

“The shipments were transported using IAG Cargo’s specialist Constant Climate service via its airside hubs at London Heathrow and Madrid Barajas, two of its three specialist pharmaceutical GDP certified hubs, to the approved Constant Climate stations in the region,” the statement read. 

Daniel Byrne, regional commercial manager – UK & Ireland at IAG Cargo, said, “With our sister airlines, British Airways and Iberia, we’ve already transported vaccines into El Salvador, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and we partnered with Crown Agents to support the delivery efforts into several British Overseas Territories including Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos.”

“With our world-class cool chain facilities supported by highly trained teams and a seamless service, we are committed to supporting the logistics to deliver Covid-19 vaccines in the Latin American and Caribbean region, and worldwide,” he added. 

Crown Agents’ CEO, Fergus Drake, said: “In the global race to secure doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, we strike to ensure no country gets left behind. We’re proud to be working with IAG Cargo to ensure even the most remote regions of the globe get their fair share of the vaccine.”

IAG Cargo started transporting Covid-19 vaccines in December 2020. To date, it has delivered shipments to the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Ireland, Austria, the Americas and also to Melilla, a Spanish autonomous city located on the northwest coast of Africa. Many shipments are being transported via its charter service, introduced at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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