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Emirates Airline seeks to make daily coronavirus vaccine distributions to developing countries


On Monday, Emirates Airline stated that it would make daily distributions of coronavirus vaccines to countries with low storing capacities as part of an initiative to speed up global vaccine distribution.

Deputy Head of Emirates’ cargo division Nabil al-Morr said that the Dubai-based company, which constitutes the Middle East’s largest carrier, would use both its delivery and passenger navies to distribute vaccines to countries without the means to stock vaccines.

He informed AFP that the majority of these countries have storage problems, while we have the capacity, saying that the initiative involves most developing countries in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Moreover, Dubai that constitutes a main transport hub, declared the initiative on Sunday to accelerate the delivery of coronavirus vaccines, especially to developing nations, after that the World Health Organization alerted against neglecting the world’s poor.

According to Dubai authorities, the Vaccine Logistics Alliance comprises Emirates airline and DP World, benefiting of the global logistics giant’s network of ports and the city state’s airports.

The Dubai Media Office declared in a statement on Sunday that the alliance would support the WHO’s Covax initiative, the globally-pooled vaccine procurement and distribution effort, to distribute two billion vaccine doses.

Dubai also indicated that the alliance would work with pharmaceutical manufacturers, forwarders, and government agencies to transport vaccines, while some of these vaccines should be kept at very cold temperatures.

In fact, since the emergence of the pandemic, the wealthy United Arab Emirates that has tried to expand its diplomatic influence has highlighted its international humanitarian assistance efforts.

According to the German data agency Statista, The Gulf state that includes Dubai and six other emirates, has suffered from the increase of the cases after the holiday period, following the opening up to tourism, and it was among the first to launch a vast vaccination campaign in December for its population of nearly 10 million and has administered three million doses to more than a quarter of its population.

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