What kind of logistics operation awaits us for the vaccination of 7.8 billion people?

What kind of logistics operation awaits us to vaccinate 7.8 billion people?

The coronavirus continues to spread in waves. In the last two weeks, the number of cases detected in the world has increased by 16%. The number of known cases has exceeded 55 million. To date, approximately 1.4 million people have lost their lives.

The eyes and ears of 7.8 billion people are on the developments in the vaccine…

When it was announced that the mRNA vaccine developed by BioNTech company should be transported at -70 degrees Celsius, it was a matter of curiosity how the vaccine would be transported and stored.

In the statement made last week by Pfizer, it was announced to the whole world that the coronavirus vaccine, developed together with the German BioNTech SE company, was successful in the last phase of clinical trials. In the data of the study conducted with nearly 50 thousand volunteers, it was declared that the vaccine was more than 90 percent effective. This apparent success of the vaccine means that people can now be vaccinated against the coronavirus months later.

In order for the vaccine to provide protection and to show the expected effect, it should be administered as 2 doses at 3 week intervals. In other words, 10 billion vaccines are enough to vaccinate only 5 billion people. 2021 will witness one of the largest air logistics operations in the world. It turns out that more than 8,000 large-type cargo planes will be needed for the first year to distribute vaccine doses, which will be placed in ultra-cold special transport boxes that can store the vaccine between -70 and -80 degrees Celsius. According to initial plans, Pfizer will produce 50 million doses of vaccine by the end of 2020, with a 2021 target of 1.3 billion doses. It is estimated that the world will need at least 10 billion doses of vaccine in the next 2 years. Pfizer is in talks with FedEX, DHL and UPS for worldwide distribution. Since airlines have insufficient cargo fleets, many major airlines are planning to convert a group of passenger aircraft into cargo aircraft.

It takes 8,000 Boeing 747 jumbo jet flights to carry 2 doses of the vaccine, which is needed by half of 7.8 billion people, to the first level points. FedEx, the owner of the world’s largest air cargo fleet, has 600 cargo planes. A new logistics economy seems to be born here.

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