CEVA joins UAE-led initiative Hope Consortium to deliver vaccines around the world
Hope Consortium aims to distribute several billion doses by the end of 2021
The consortium is a partnership among the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, Etihad Cargo, Abu Dhabi Ports, Rafed, Skycell and freight forwarders CEVA Logistics, Agility, Aramex, Hellmann, Kuehne + Nagel
Freight forwarder CEVA Logistics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Hope Consortium to provide logistics support for the worldwide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
The newly launched Hope Consortium is an umbrella organization set up by a UAE-based public-private partnership to address the logistical challenge of global vaccine distribution.
Spearheaded by the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, the Hope Consortium represents some of the Emirate’s supply chain solution players including Etihad Cargo, Abu Dhabi Ports, Rafed (the healthcare purchasing arm of ADQ) and temperature-controlled smart container developer Skycell as well as international freight forwarders including CEVA Logistics, Agility, Aramex, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics and Kuehne + Nagel.
The consortium has been put in place to handle the expected surge in vaccine volumes as production quantities grow. The consortium partners will help address the different steps of the logistical challenge, including “last mile,” with a capacity to distribute billions of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses from all types of manufacturers by the end of 2021.
Guillaume Col, chief operating officer of CEVA Logistics, said, “The ongoing nature of the global pandemic means the delivery of vaccines around the world is the number one priority for the logistics industry. Our healthcare and pharma specialized teams have extensive experience in delivering vaccines and pharmaceutical products. Backed by a network of temperature-controlled warehouses and vehicles we are proud to support the Hope Consortium in achieving its goal.”
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