(17 Feb 2021)
Korean Air has signed an agreement with UNICEF for the
global transportation of COVID19 vaccines and medical equipment.
UNICEF is responsible for the global supply of vaccines as part of
its effort for equitable access to COVID19 vaccines. The plan is
to provide around 145 countries with vaccines in the first half of
UNICEF has selected 16
airlines, including Korean Air, to work with based on strict
standards such as a global network, cargo capacity and experience
shipping specialized cargo such as medical items.
Last September, Korean Air launched a task force
to ensure that vaccines could be safely transported by the airline
considering the unique requirements for temperature and storage.
Some vaccines require temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius,
refrigeration below -20 degrees Celsius, or temperature
maintenance between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius.
UNICEF is a United Nations agency established in
1946 to provide aid to children around the world. As one of the world’s
largest medical distribution organizations, UNICEF has procured and
distributed more than 2 billion vaccines, medicines and medical
supplies annually worldwide in the past 20 years.
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