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Hyderabad Air Cargo revamps storage for cool Covid vaccines

INDIA's Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC) has been expanding its landside and airside facilities and streamlining processes to meet demands of Covid vaccine shipments and other temp-controlled consignments, according to GMR Air Cargo, reports Chennai's Hindu daily

10 May 2021 - 19:00
INDIA's Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC) has been expanding its landside and airside facilities and streamlining processes to meet demands of Covid vaccine shipments and other temp-controlled consignments, according to GMR Air Cargo, reports Chennai's Hindu daily.

The existing pharma zone facility is also being expanded to almost double the area for handling increased movements of vaccines. In addition, GHAC has also increased the capacities of all temperature zones viz. 15-25 degrees, 2-8 degrees and -20 degrees Celsius.



The Hyderabad region is set to be the single largest concentration of Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing capacities globally, with an estimated 3.6 billion doses of various makes of vaccines expected to be produced by facilities in the region over the next 18-24 months.



From January 2021, GHAC has handled more than 100 tonnes of Covid vaccines that were distributed from Hyderabad to various parts of the country.



On May 1, it handled the large import shipment of the Sputnik V vaccines from Russia, which required specialised handling procedures to meet the stringent time and temperature (-20 deg. C) constraints.



GHAC is introducing 'Cold Super Store' as part of the extended pharma zone to mitigate any temperature excursions during unloading of pharma shipments. It had launched a custom built large Cool Dolly, a Mobile Refrigerated Unit for airside transportation of large pallets till aircraft, maintaining the Cold-Chain.



It has partnered with Dubai Airports for launch of 'HYDXB-VAXCOR', to address the unique logistical challenge of moving vaccines between Dubai and India through Hyderabad airport as a hub.



GHAC is gearing up towards Technology enhancements and has been recently integrating Vaccine Ledger, a next-gen Block Chain solution to deliver enhanced Track-and-Trace solution and real-time monitoring of


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