Could Caribbean Get Deep-Frozen Pfizer Vaccine After All?

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Port-of-Spain, December 21, 2020–Caribbean Airlines Cargo is currently developing a Covid-19 vaccine transportation plan to ensure its readiness to distribute the vaccine throughout the Caribbean. The airline is currently consulting with stakeholders in advance of making preparations for the movement of the vaccine.

This was announced in a press release today, but the company’s statement conceals more that it reveals, and  does not specify which vaccine(s) are planned for. The Pfizer vaccine requires storage at abnormally low temperatures, and it had been assumed by many experts that it could not be distributed in areas lacking ultra-low temperature freezer storage, but the Caribbean Airlines press release hints at “temperature-controlled shipments” which could be an indication of plans to handle the Pfizer vaccine.

The Moderna vaccine also needs to be refrigerated, but at much more normal temperatures.

Caribbean Airlines Cargo says it “offers expansive global and regional connectivity through its scheduled flights, charter flights and interline arrangements. The carrier can facilitate the transport of temperature-controlled shipments to the Caribbean from several territories worldwide including Europe, India and the United States. It covers the entire Caribbean including but not limited to: Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Bahamas and St. Maarten.”

“Caribbean Airlines Cargo is steadfast in its commitment to serving the region. Our cargo operations continue to support the Caribbean, delivering critical cargo and ensuring the movement of goods into and out of the region”, said Marklan Moseley, General Manager – Cargo and New Business, Caribbean Airlines.

During the early phases of the pandemic, Caribbean Airlines Cargo demonstrated its responsiveness by introducing a cargo charter service for Caribbean countries experiencing limited connectivity as a result of the grounding of passenger flights.

The airline also partnered with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Authority (CDEMA) in August 2020 to distribute Covid-19 test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) to 16 Caribbean countries.

“We look forward to playing a pivotal role in our region’s recovery through the secure and efficient movement of the Covid-19 vaccine.” said Mr. Moseley.

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