Ceva Logistics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Ports to work with the Hope Consortium, an umbrella organisation of a UAE-based public-private partnership to support the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Ceva will be using its range of contract logistics and freight management services to support both the shipment and distribution of vaccines, utilising its ability to work with small, medium and large sized multinational companies.
Spearheaded by the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, the Hope Consortium consists of Etihad Cargo, Abu Dhabi Ports, Rafed (the healthcare purchasing arm of ADQ – the Abu Dhabi Developmental holding company) and temperature-controlled ULD firm, Skycell alongside a group of specially selected international freight forwarders including CEVA Logistics.
Guillaume Col, chief operating officer at CEVA Logistics, said: “The ongoing nature of the global pandemic means the delivery of vaccines around the world is the number one priority for the logistics industry.
“Our healthcare and pharma specialised teams have extensive experience in delivering vaccines and pharmaceutical products. Backed by a network of temperature-controlled warehouses and vehicles we are proud to support the Hope Consortium in achieving its goal.”
The consortium has been put in place to handle the expected surge in vaccine volumes as production quantities grow.
Its aim is to provide a complete supply chain solution anywhere in the world which includes transportation, demand planning, sourcing and digital technology infrastructure.
It believes it will be able to distribute billions of doses by the end of the year and will focus on vaccines from all types of manufacturers.