Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Delhi Airport gears up for vaccine offensive against Covid

New Delhi: National capitals IGI Airport is gearing up to be at the frontline of Indias upcoming offensive against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Accordingly, the GMR operated airport, which played a pivotal role in supply of PPEs in the past several months, is now preparing to handle the precious, temperature-controlled cargo carrying anti-Covid-19 vaccines.

Expected to be flown out from pharma hubs in Pune and Hyderabad, these vaccines hold the promise to unshackle India from the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Delhi Airport is fully prepared and geared up for phase-2 fight against this pandemic to facilitate handling and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines as soon as it is launched," said Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar.

The task of handling such a precious cargo would require human and physical infrastructure for proper transport, storage and delivery to the end-users.

Consequently, the Delhi airport initiated training of its resources, set up a coordination facility with stakeholders of the entire supply chain network and even carried out drills using state-of-the-art equipment.

At present, the airport's facilities are capable of transporting cargo in a temperature controlled environment right from the freighters' belly to storage docks and finally to the end-destination bound trucks.

Not just Delhi, its surrounding areas or the whole of northern region but the airport is set to play a major role in transshipment of these vaccines to almost 70 domestic and international destinations.

With the impending task at hand, Delhi Airport authorities are leaving nothing to chance.

Special drills are being carried out with focus given to provide training to resources for efficient and safe handling of the Covid-19 vaccines. "We are instituting processes in association with clearing agencies for express movement of vaccines to and from the airport," he said.

"Provisions are being made for 24x7 operations of the 'Cargo Terminals' to ensure that the services are available round the clock for uninterrupted supply chain and efficient operations," he added.

09/12/20 IANS/Business Insider

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