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Korean Air Establishes COVID19 Vaccine Task Force

Korean Air has established a COVID19 vaccine task
force as it prepares for the safe and swift transport of the
vaccine once it becomes available.

Transporting vaccines is a very delicate and
challenging process requiring specialized storage facilities and
equipment. Vaccines generally need to be stored at low
temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius whereas some types
require temperatures as low as -70 degrees Celsius.

Korean Air’s cargo terminal at Incheon
International Airport has 1,292 m2 of cold storage that can
accommodate 100 tons of freight. In addition, to expand its
operations, the airline plans to use the 2,533 m2 Cool Cargo
Center next to Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 when it
opens next year.


Korean Air has established a COVID19 vaccine task force as it prepares for the safe and swift transport of the vaccine once it becomes available.. Click to enlarge.

Korean Air has considerable experience delivering
specialized and emergency freight during the COVID19 pandemic
including medical equipment and personal protection equipment
(PPE). In April, the airline was recognized for its swift delivery
of half a million COVID19 test kits to Baltimore-Washington
International Airport in Maryland, US, an airport it had never
visited before.

Because of the carrier’s expertise in managing and
transporting pharmaceuticals, Korean Air has been certified by
IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators on
Pharmaceutical Handling (CEIV Pharma).

IATA recently announced that
8,000 Boeing 747s
will be needed to transport one dose of the COVID19 vaccine for
every person in the world
. Air transport will be crucial and in
high demand for the vaccine’s safe and timely distribution.

“Korean Air’s task force is reviewing all aspects
concerning the vaccine’s transport, and will develop a strong
system and infrastructure for its safe and swift distribution when
it’s ready to be delivered,” said Eum Jae Dong, Senior Vice
President and Head of Cargo Business Division at Korean Air.

The airline’s task force is monitoring vaccine
developments including:

– vaccine types and corresponding storage
temperatures;

– identifying and securing necessary equipment and
facilities;

– strengthening monitoring, safety and security
procedures to deal with exceptional situations; and

– conducting simulations of diverse scenarios.

“Korean Air is doing its best to help bring an end
to the COVID19 pandemic by delivering the vaccine throughout the
world as quickly and safely as possible,” Eum added.

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