One million US donations of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have been successfully delivered to Malaysia by DHL Express.
This shipment was made possible because of the COVAX global vaccine sharing program, which aims to accelerate global equitable access to immunisation against the pandemic.
Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific, says delivering vaccines around the world is an earmark achievement for the company.
“As DHL Express continues to leverage our global network and strong medical logistics expertise to ensure that these life-saving vaccines arrive safely and promptly, we must also remind ourselves of the need for collaboration amongst various parties and countries to manage this public health crisis effectively,” Ken says.
DHL Express arranged for the collection of the vaccines from facilities in the US before it was airlifted from a Cincinnati Hub.
From Cincinnati, the vaccines were taken through the Express Subang Gateway, where they were distributed to designated locations in Kuala Lumpur.
The journey took four days.
Julian Neo, Managing Director of DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei, says DHL has transported more than 300 million doses of approved vaccines worldwide, five million of which were to Malaysia.
“The shipment today marks another milestone in combatting the spread of COVID-19 and contributing to the country’s recovery,” he says.
More than 9,000 life sciences and healthcare specialists work across DHL’s global network.
DHL’s network aims to help research organisations, wholesalers and distributors, as well as hospitals and healthcare providers stay connected across the value chain and through digitalisation.
To provide global coverage over the next two years, DHL estimates up to 200,000 pallet shippers and 15 million cooling boxes as well as 15,000 flights will be required across the various supply chain setups.
“In keeping with our mandate of connecting people and improving lives, we are proud to continue playing an active role in seeking a safe, new normal for the businesses and communities we serve,” Julian says.