Cainiao to send cold chain medicines from China

Alibaba owned Cainiao Smart Logistics has partnered with Ethiopian Airlines to send temperature-controlled medicines and COVID-19 vaccines from China to the rest of the world.

The flights will leave China’s first medical cross border cold chain facility at Shenzhen and fly via Dubai to the rest of the world and via Addis Ababa to much of Africa.

The new Cainiao / Ethiopian Airlines routes will be the first regular cold chain medical air cargo service out of China.

“Cainiao’s global logistics network spans over 200 countries and regions, providing end-to-end integrated logistics services, including digital customs clearance capabilities,” said James Zhao, General Manager of Cainiao International Supply Chain. “The launch of the cold chain air freight has further bolstered our global logistics capabilities, and allow us to offer a one-stop solution for the global distribution of medical products such as the COVID-19 vaccines.”

Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Group CEO said “Ethiopian Airlines will repeat its remarkable and globally recognized success in leading the fast delivery of PPEs few months ago with similar delivery speed, professional handling and maintaining the cold chain during the forthcoming global distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. In anticipation of the COVID-19 vaccine release, we will be at the forefront to further discharge our responsibility in the distribution of the vaccine across the globe.”