Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa says it’s cargo unit is ready to fly a possible coronavirus vaccine around the world, after two companies announced that early trials show their versions are at least 90% effective.
The powerful freezers needed to store the doses, protective equipment for the workers and the task of getting the vaccine into every community and administering the shots are becoming logistical and financial challenges.
But with far-reaching destinations and 30 pharmaceutical stations worldwide, all of which are to be CEIV Pharma-certified, the cargo airline says that temperature-sensitive goods can be delivered to their destination fast and reliably.
Philipp Lutterbeck, Head of Lufthansa Cargo Pharma Hub, said that Lufthansa will be able to meet all different standards of the various vaccination producers, according to the company.
The international classification CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics) confirms reliable handling of time-critical and temperature-sensitive goods.
The global standard was developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It supports airlines, handling companies and forwarders in complying with internationally valid rules and standards for pharmaceutical goods.
As one of the first airfreight carriers to focus, among other things, on the transport of temperature-sensitive goods, Lufthansa Cargo can draw on many years of experience in the transport of pharmaceuticals