Amsterdam's Schiphol cargo sector creates vaccine task force
AMSTERDAM's Schiphol's air cargo community has created a task force to prepare for a Covid-19 vaccine, reports London's Air Cargo News
AMSTERDAM's Schiphol's air cargo community has created a task force to prepare for a Covid-19 vaccine, reports London's Air Cargo News.
A taskforce led by Air Cargo Netherlands (ACN), Schiphol Cargo and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, as well as shippers, pharma firms, forwarders, airlines, ground handlers and trucking companies, have met to start work on four possible vaccine scenarios, based on different temperature ranges.
'We have a strong pharma and air cargo community at Schiphol, we know what we are talking about, and we will be ready for what is coming,' said ACN managing director Maarten van As.
'As an industry interest group, part of the supply chain, we have a social responsibility to participate and do our part in the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine ?C it is not just about the Netherlands, it is about getting the vaccine distributed at speed to the world.'
Said Schiphol Cargo business development director Ferry van der Ent: 'The most important thing is to provide a safe, secure, and reliable trade lane, especially when there is a peak in demand, so that we can guarantee the vaccines are tamper-free, with no temperature excursions.
'The Dutch Civil Aviation Authority is also supportive in granting permissions for Covid-19 related ad-hoc flights.
'We are now focusing on a fast and swift handling process on the tarmac, getting the vaccines as soon as possible to the end-customer via the distribution channels, rather than storing them at the airport.'
The vaccine readiness group will host a round table on September 29, open to the entire Schiphol Cargo Community, as well as Dutch Customs and the Dutch Ministry of Health, to discuss methods of mapping capacity, from ground handlers to airlines, as well as back-up solutions.