Vaccine transport taking off at Brussels Airport
Brussels Airport and Indian airline SpiceJet will work together to transport sensitive vaccines and medicines.
Brussels Airport has been acting as a hub for the transfer of vaccines since December 2020 and has already sent 'more than 10 million doses of vaccine around the world', according to the airport's CEO, Arnaud Feist. This trend will grow in the coming months, as the site moves up a gear in January with agreements such as the one just signed with SpiceJet.
Brussels Airport and SpiceJet will work with governments, pharmaceutical companies and transport companies to ensure that vaccines are delivered under optimal conditions, including maintaining the temperature required for the storage of COVID-19 vaccines at a constant level.
While vaccines will be shipped from Europe, medicines requiring strict transport conditions will travel from India to Europe.
In December, Head of Cargo Nathan De Valck said that "30-50% of the world's coronavirus vaccines will be transported by air," and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines the "mission of the century".
Over the last ten years, Brussels Airport has been investing in services and products for the pharmaceutical sector, which plays an important role in our economy. If we combine this with its geographical location in the heart of Europe and its excellent logistics sector, Belgium has a real role to play in the fight against the pandemic.