The Changi Ready Taskforce, co-led by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG), have jointly announced that the Singapore air cargo hub is ready for the transportation and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Mr. Ho Yuen Sang, Director (Aviation Industry), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, and co-lead of the Changi Ready Taskforce said, “Over the years, Changi Airport has built a strong track record in pharmaceutical handling by air, from serving Singapore’s pharmaceutical manufacturing sector. We have good cold chain handling infrastructure and capabilities. With our strong air connectivity and SIA’s fleet of more than 200 passenger aircraft, we can deliver vaccines to multiple destinations according to demand. We are well-positioned to play a critical role in distributing COVID-19 vaccines to Singapore and the region. By bringing all players in the air cargo supply chain together through the Changi Ready Taskforce, CAAS and our partners can ensure the safe, reliable and effective transportation of these vaccines”.
Changi Airport is a preferred pharmaceutical air cargo hub in the region, as they are the first and largest IATA CEIV Pharma certified community in the Asia Pacific. Recognizing that the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is a challenging task, the Changi Ready Taskforce says they were set up to better prepare our air cargo community to meet the logistical demands of vaccines distribution.
Changi Airport Group’s Managing Director for Air Hub Development and co-lead of the Changi Ready Taskforce, Mr. Lim Ching Kiat said, “The Changi air cargo hub has always placed a strong emphasis on pursuing the highest standards in pharmaceutical cargo handling. Given our efforts in infrastructure upgrades and manpower training over the years, our air cargo hub is well-poised to handle the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines”.
Changi Airport’s cargo handlers – dnata and SATS, have recently introduced cool dollies – temperature-controlled containers designed specifically for temperature-sensitive goods to be transported with the highest level of cool chain integrity and visibility on the tarmac, between the aircraft and their temperature-controlled warehouses. Further strengthening the airport’s end-to-end cool chain integrity, both handlers are also equipped with multiple temperature-controlled truck docks and round-the-clock shipment monitoring. In addition, both handlers’ facilities are equipped with essential surveillance systems to ensure the security of the cargo.
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