VINCI Airports 24.12.2020

VINCI Airports worldwide mobilized for the COVID-19 vaccine transportation

VINCI Airports’ network is committed to support vaccines transportation and delivery in countries that are already beginning their vaccination campaigns. First shipments of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines arrived this week both at Belgrade and Santiago airports.

The scientists have played their part. Now it’s time for the logistics chain and airports to step up and set in place the best possible conditions for meeting what is already being called “the challenge of the century”. The main task is to distribute billions of doses to every country in the world, in a very short period of time, while maintaining a highly demanding cold chain. That’s the challenge VINCI Airports is ready and committed to take up.
The first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine containing 4,800 doses has arrived in Serbia end of December and has been picked up at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. Serbia is the first country in the region to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine. The officials pointed out that the "cold chain" protocol was fully respected today, and that the vaccine was immediately placed in the appropriate refrigerator containing dry ice.
Few days later, the first doses to inoculate the first 5,000 people in Chile arrived at Santiago airport on a LATAM flight to be then transported to the annex terminal of the Air Force, "Grupo 10", where the President of the Republic, Sebastián Piñera, awaited them, together with the Ministers of Health, Enrique Paris, Science, Andrés Couve and Foreign Affairs, Andrés Allamand, among other authorities as the CEO of Nuevo Pudahuel, Xavier Lortat-Jacob. Chile joins Mexico and Costa Rica as the first Latin American countries to begin vaccination, one year after sarS-CoV-2 appeared in Wuhan City, China.