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   Vol. 19 No. 55
Wednesday July 29, 2020
Vaccine Airlift Call for Plans

Vaccine Airlift Needs Planning

Joachim Frigger     “Much will depend on which manufacturer will get the approval for their vaccine. There will be a mad rush and the logistics may be under control of the shipper or importer. It is very difficult to predict where the vaccine will be coming from and who will be the initial consignee. The vaccine could come from Europe, Asia, Russia or North America.
     “Distribution is generally not a problem, we would set up regions.
     “Customs and FDA import procedures may be a hurdle as well as the proficiency of the exporter and importer. Maybe the government is the buyer and wants central control.
     “The transportation and logistics itself would not be too difficult once we know what needs to be done.
     “In any event, we're ready should this come our way; right now there are many unpredictable elements.”

                                                                 Jo Frigger, Chairman-EMOTrans

Our Readers in The Write

     Usually we talk to people up and down the supply chain and then write what is commonly referred to in the press as a “tell story.”
     Thinking hypothetically: what if a vaccine for COVID-19 were announced next month?
     We need your help to tell the story of how air cargo can deliver the world.
     How would air cargo safely deliver this life saving serum from manufacturers to people everywhere?
     If you are hands-on air cargo, in an office, a warehouse, a ramp, a university or a drug company, now is the time to speak up.
     The challenge is in front of us and needs everyone to lean in right now so that when the cure comes, air cargo will be able to meet the day as the delivery vehicle.
     We need to strategize how this precious life-giving cargo—presumably in the form of liquid—will be delivered to the world with capacity, cool chain requirements, and handling restraints currently in place.

Questions & Answers

     Obviously, there are questions and limitations in our ability to handle so much vaccine at once due to grounded aircraft and the need for other commodities to move.
     Our take is that air cargo is inventive, fast on its feet, and very entrepreneurial.
     Just look at how PPE moved in 2020. Like the Berlin Airlift of 1948, air cargo brought salvation to millions and there was global recognition for air cargo’s ability to deliver masks, gloves, and ventilators to destinations worldwide.

Today Is Today

     Now in a world where there is no tomorrow, where everyone is clamoring, praying, and hoping for deliverance from COVID-19, how will air cargo step up and deliver vaccines?

Into The Unkown

     That should be the topic of conversation right now.
     You have a computer and a circle or friends and colleagues in transportation, a webinar date, an online business meeting, a Zoom session, whatever.
     Talk about how we are going to deliver the vaccine, write to each other and speak in plain terms to share ideas.
     Forget about being out of the box or in one.

No Box At All

     Getting the vaccine to everyone needs thinking with no box at all as we try and come up with some ideas to get the medicine out to everyone.
     We do not need naysayers who only predict that we are incapable of handling the rush because of all the grounded airplanes or not enough cool cans in this world.
     The vaccine may have to be wrapped in bags of ice with extra handlers to change out the containers. We cannot fear being primitive.
     Air cargo has never shied away from pioneering new ideas when the call for help came.
     Right now, it is no overstatement to say that the world needs air cargo expertise, imagination, and heart to come up with a plan at once to deliver beyond what we might think is possible.

Be Like Jo

     Like industry leader Joachim Frigger, Chairman of EMO Trans who speaks up at the top of this page, share your thoughts and ideas.
     When the virus solution is developed, are current supply chains today going to be able to provide the proper distribution channels needed to deliver the vaccine? If not, why?
     What can be done that is not in the playbook right now?
     Do you believe there is adequate transport available today?
     What type of transport requirements will be needed? i.e., handling, temp control, timing? What else might be utilized on a short-term emergency basis?
     Do you expect that distribution will be between major cities or do you see the air transport sector going into smaller area and locations?
     Have you been talking yet to your transport partners and your own people in meeting shipping requirements?
     Do you feel governments should be involved in the distribution process?
     Have there been any discussions with government officials on distribution?
     How do you see the involvement of the CDC and WHO?
     Of course, you should write to us and we will share.
     This is not about us. There is no time to waste in a year already more than half lost.
     Together, if we put our minds to this challenge, we can help save the world.


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