Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Indian Aviation Industry Prepares to Ensure Smooth Transportation of COVID-19 Vaccines

New Delhi: As the nation gears up to begin its vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus disease next month, the Indian aviation sector is reportedly prepping itself to ensure smooth transportation and storage of the temperature-sensitive vaccines in the country. 

The key airports that are expected to play a pivotal role in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and are equipped with the state-of-the-art time and temperature-sensitive distribution system are Mumbai’s international airport, which has Asia’s largest temperature-controlled export pharma centre, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and GMR’s Hyderabad airport.

Delhi Airport has two cargo terminals with world-class infrastructure that provides GDP (good distribution practices)-certified temperature-controlled facility for handling temperature-sensitive cargo. With the capacity to handle over 1.5 lakh MT per annum, this facility has state-of-the-art temperature-controlled zones with separate cool chambers ranging from 25 to -20 degree Celsius, which would be extremely conducive for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, along with the airports, various Indian airlines are also gearing up for transportation and distribution of the vaccines. An official of SpiceJet said the airline is fully prepared and ready to handle the COVID-19 vaccine. The airline spokesperson said the airline has extensive experience in the past and already carries blood samples, which require a temperature-controlled environment.

“Today we have the facility of both our aircraft and our ground support vehicles. We have sufficient capacity to cater to the rise in demand for the COVID-19 vaccine shipments and have prepared the capacity keeping in mind the future. We have been transporting vaccine shipments to various international as well as domestic destinations,” said a SpiceJet spokesperson.

14/12/20 India.com

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