COVID vaccine – Major logistics companies join HOPE Consortium

Several international logistics giants including DB Schenker, CEVA Logistics, DHL, FedEx Express and UPS have joined the UAE government led HOPE Consortium that aims to expedite global delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines.

The HOPE Consortium is a UAE government led public-private partnership that aims to coordinate the safe and efficient international distribution of vaccines. In recruiting these and other major logistics players, the consortium aims at expanding its global reach.

H.E Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Undersecretary of Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, said: “Increasing our partners to 16 enables the HOPE consortium to continue to expand its reach and services to be a major player in the global logistical space for distributing billions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines, despite the great logistical challenge of transporting doses safely while maintaining their integrity. Partnering with more world-class freight forwarders enables the consortium to address the different needs of countries, NGOs, and pharma needs for most of the world. The consortium is part of the UAE’s efforts to provide solutions that support the global fight against Covid-19.”

Guillaume Col, Chief Operating Officer, CEVA Logistics, said: “The ongoing nature of the global pandemic means the delivery of vaccines is needed around the world. This is the number one priority for the logistics industry and our responsibility. The CEVA Pharma and Healthcare specialized teams have extensive experience in delivering vaccines. Backed by a network of temperature-controlled warehouses and vehicles we will use our expertise to help the HOPE Consortium achieve its goals.”

Christopher Smith, CEO of DB Schenker Middle East and Africa., said: “We are very proud of working with the HOPE Consortium to deliver high-quality logistics that is critical to the success of vaccination efforts.

“Through our DB SCHENKERlife+ logistics product and a global network of dedicated experts, we ensure reliability and speed in the vaccine supply chain for the Middle East region and beyond.”

Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, Middle East and Africa, said: “This partnership with the HOPE Consortium is an extension of our commitment to connect people and improve lives. Our team is always ready to take action, anytime. For decades now, our involvement with humanitarian projects globally have helped solidify partnerships with various health authorities including the World Health Organization (WHO). The pandemic has hit the world hard, and DHL has been leveraging our global network, resources and expertise to step up and support the transportation of essential medical supplies for respective government and health authorities.”

James R. Muhs, Regional President, FedEx Express, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, said: “We have the experience, global network, and technology solutions needed to transport COVID-19 vaccines across the region, and around the world. Time-definite express transportation of critical shipments — including vital medical supplies — is exactly what our FedEx Express air network was built to do. It’s an honour to be a part of the HOPE Consortium.”

Jean-Francois Condamine, UPS President for Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa, said: “UPS stands ready to help the HOPE Consortium deliver these life-saving vaccines to communities around the world. We have significant knowledge and extensive expertise to meet the needs and demands of the initiative and will provide the HOPE Consortium and our healthcare partners worldwide with smart, efficient logistics for the delivery of the vaccines, which will protect the same communities that we live and work in, every day.”