Coronavirus vaccines fly out across the world from Brussels Airport
Some 100 flights have already helped to distribute the coronavirus vaccine from the Pfizer-BioNTech pharmaceutical collaboration to over 40 destinations around the world since late November 2020.
Brussels Airport in Zaventem, Belgium's national airport, has built up a solid international reputation for high-quality transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products. Together with its cargo arm Brucargo, it has invested a great deal in the preparation and development of a streamlined chain for optimal handling throughout up to the destination. Drug manufacturer Pfizer-BioNTech is pleased to make use of that expertise and will continue to do so in the coming months, with shipments expected to increase.
Flights are run almost daily within the network of courier company DHL Express, which handles the smaller shipments. The larger ones are handled by commercial flights operated by partners such as airlines Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, El Al, Virgin Atlantic, and United Airlines.
The whole world working together: Brussels Airlines has just joined forces with 17 other major airlines to support the initiative by UNICEF, which has great expertise in the distribution of vaccines in the poorest countries. Under the COVAX mechanism - the global effort aims to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Belgium is rightly proud to be making a significant contribution towards the fight against the pandemic.