Caribbean Airlines Cargo is currently developing a COVID-19 vaccine transportation plan to ensure its readiness to distribute the vaccine throughout the Caribbean. The airline is currently consulting with stakeholders in advance of making preparations for the movement of the vaccine.
Caribbean Airlines Cargo offers expansive global and regional connectivity through its scheduled flights, charter flights and interline arrangements. The carrier can facilitate the transportation of temperature-controlled shipments to the Caribbean. Both vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have to be kept in cold storage: the one made by Pfizer — needs to be kept minus 70 degrees Celsius, while Moderna’s drug needs to be stored at minus 20 Celsius.
“Caribbean Airlines Cargo is steadfast in its commitment to serving the region. Our cargo operations continue to support the Caribbean, delivering critical cargo and ensuring the movement of goods into and out of the region”, said Marklan Moseley, General Manager – Cargo and New Business, Caribbean Airlines.
During the early phases of the pandemic, Caribbean Airlines Cargo demonstrated its responsiveness by introducing a cargo charter service for Caribbean countries experiencing limited connectivity as a result of the grounding of passenger flights.
The airline also partnered with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Authority (CDEMA) in August 2020 to distribute COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) to 16 Caribbean countries.
“We look forward to playing a pivotal role in our region’s recovery through the secure and efficient movement of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Mr. Moseley.