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The Transport of Covid-19 Vaccines In The Centre Of The Debate

“Managing the COVID-19 vaccine transport is a major challenge for logistics to ensure proper handling of 15 billion doses needed to be shipped worldwide.”


The transport requirements for vaccine shipments will test the agility and resilience of the entire logistic chain, as well as a huge range of new risks that may arise. These include optimal air transportation time, a proper ground handling and transportation infrastructure, local temperatures and other conditions, staff guidance, and staff training.

Huge Challenge To The Logistics, In Africa Too

This week we participated a webinar arranged by Ground Handling International (GHI) focusing on the African aviation market with hundreds of participants and presentations from various stakeholders. Covid-19 and its effects on the aviation industry were, of course, significantly highlighted and we heard the views of various parties on how the transport of vaccines will be handled in the coming years in Africa.


“Africa will require up 1.5 billion doses of Cocid-19 Vaccines to vaccinate 60% of its population of 1.3 billion citizens over the next 2-3 years”

The webinar emphasised the importance of the following themes, on which we can all agree.

  • People – Responsible persons and staff training, effective communication

  • Infrastructure – Storage facilities and equipment, transportation equipment

  • Standards – Service level agreements and procedures, real time and accurate data with records

“An efficient global distribution of the vaccines requires cooperation on global standards and a global harmonisation of processes amongst all stakeholders.”

Effective Online Training Available

We at Airport College International have two ready-to-use online eLearning courses for Pharmaceutical Cargo Handling designed to cover the knowledge and requirements of all employees involved in air transportation of pharma products.


Pharmaceutical Cargo Handling training for Airlines, Ground Handling and Freight Forwarders

This online training course is designed to cover the knowledge requirements of employees involved in air transportation of pharma products.


The course contains guidelines and best practices for:

  • Airline Personnel

  • Air Cargo Terminal Personnel

  • Ramp Handling Personnel

  • Airline Representatives

  • Freight Forwarders

  • Cargo GSA Personnel

The course takes 2 hours to study.


The course is available in English, Japanese and Finnish and we are fully prepared to quickly provide other language versions according to our clients’ needs. Upon successful completion of the final tests, a participant will be awarded with an eCertificate.


Pharmaceutical Cargo Handling for Drivers to cover guidelines and best practices for ground transportation for:

  • Truck drivers

  • Couriers

  • Cargo Terminal employees

  • Supervisors in charge of pharmaceutical cargo pickups & deliveries

The course takes 90 minutes to study.


This course is available in English and we are fully prepared to quickly provide other language versions according to our clients’ needs. Upon successful completion of the final tests, a participant will be awarded with an eCertificate.

Courses Built For Global Training

The course content of these two courses is designed to fulfil the international training requirements. The courses are built in close co-operation with leading airlines and ground handlers to comply with:

  • Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice (GDP) of Medicinal Products and

  • IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations Chapter 17 – Air Transport Logistics for Time and Temperature-Sensitive Healthcare products.

Ask For More Details

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information. Just send us an email to get more details.


Best regards, Pertti pertti.mero@airportcollege.com


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