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Hope Consortium Develops Solution for Vaccine Delivery Globally

- Rebecca Ejifoma

The HOPE Consortium has developed one of the most extensive and integrated, endto-end supply chain solutions in the world, capable of delivering millions of vaccines from the point of production to the point of vaccinatio­n safely, effectivel­y, and transparen­tly.

This developmen­t, which is in collaborat­ion with AD Ports, Etihad Cargo, Rafed, Skycell, and Maqta Gateway, aims to deliver vaccines to all those in need, irrespecti­ve of where they find themselves, and help win the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The effort places Abu Dhabi as the central life sciences hub for the global response to the pandemic by leveraging its strategic position as a gateway to two thirds of the global population.

The HOPE Consortium says it has pooled the collective expertise of its partners to provide multi-faceted logistics services to handle transport, demand planning, sourcing, training, and digital technology infrastruc­ture, to facilitate vaccine availabili­ty across the world.

Comprising leading Abu Dhabi entities, the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Ports, Etihad Cargo, Rafed, SkyCell, and Maqta Gateway, as well as a wide body of global logistics players, the HOPE Consortium is developing capacity to transport, store, and distribute 18 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses per annum to countries around the world including Nigeria.

“The partners have come together to leverage their unique capabiliti­es to offer the world a complete end-to-end vaccine delivery solution covering both the physical movement of the vaccines in parallel with a digital solution monitoring and reporting on the supply chain progress and compliance,” the firm added.

With this, the Hope Consortium can deliver vaccines from the manufactur­ing plant to those in need anywhere in the world. Adding that “As a growing internatio­nal effort, the Consortium has added a number of world-class logistics partners including Aramex, Bolloré Logistics, Agility, DB Schenker, DHL, FedEx Express, MICCO Logistics, Hellmann and Kuehne + Nagel, RSA Global, and UPS”.

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