Abu Dhabi Ports has capacity to store, distribute 70m vaccines

World Sunday 29/November/2020 12:39 PM
Abu Dhabi Ports has capacity to store, distribute 70m vaccines

Abu Dhabi: Enhanced logistics capabilities at Abu Dhabi Ports will enable the storage and distribution of more than 70 million COVID-19 vaccines, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

Abu Dhabi ports is spearheading the launch of the Hope Consortium, a UAE-based public-private partnership, that will facilitate the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the world. "As part of its commitment to this immunisation drive, Abu Dhabi Ports has dedicated a 19,000 square metre temperature-controlled warehouse facility in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), which already houses more than 1 million vials of the vaccine," WAM said.

The technologically advanced facility has the capability to store vaccines and other pharmaceutical products at a range of 2 to 8 degrees as well as the more extreme range of -80 degrees. The facility is equipped with temperature and humidity systems monitored digitally via a control dashboard.

The Hope Consortium represents all of Abu Dhabi’s supply chain solution actors, led by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi. As well as Abu Dhabi Ports, it includes Etihad Cargo, Rafed, and Switzerland’s award-winning SkyCell.

Dr. Jamal Mohammed Alkaabi, Undersecretary of Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, said: "At the Department of Health, we have aligned our vaccine storage processes with the best international practices governing the long-term storage of pharmaceutical products, which will ensure the efficiency of vaccines. Such a robust solution was necessary because the vaccines are composed of genetic and protein ingredients and must be stored in optimal temperatures for the longest possible period to ensure their effectiveness when finally used."