With aims to deliver six billion vaccines in 2021, at home and abroad…

Last night, Abu Dhabi Media Office shared news of a vast new programme to help lead the charge in the global Covid-19 immunisation challenge. And it was conceived and launched, right here, in Abu Dhabi.

The Hope Consortium is a collective of local and international partners, coming together “to address vaccine transport, demand planning, sourcing, training, and digital technology infrastructure, and facilitate vaccine availability across the world”.

Which vaccines will be distributed?

In 2021 the Hope Consortium aims to help facilitate the distribution of six billion doses of various vaccines, currently in production. Whether they be single or multi dose jabs – stored in cold and ultra-cold conditions.

HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi said: “Developing a vaccine is only the first step in getting to a solution”

“Getting that vaccine to the whole globe, while maintaining a robust integrity of temperature is an equal challenge by itself, the Hope Consortium will provide that solution on the highest level of quality.”

Vaccines will be transported using hybrid cooling containers, developed by SkyCell – a Swiss company that is also a member of the consortium. The containers are able to maintain steady temperatures for up to 8.4 days during transit.

Other key players in the Hope Consortium distribution network include Abu Dhabi Ports, Etihad Sky Cargo, and Rafed, the healthcare purchasing arm of Abu Dhabi-based ADQ.

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The home front

HE Sheikh Al Hamed also clarified that the UAE will of course be securing these vaccines for its residents too “While assuring vaccine supply to the domestic market, the Hope Consortium will offer international governments, non-governmental organisations, and vaccine suppliers a cohesive solution across every supply chain step.”

Location, location, location

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, explains the strategic advantage of the UAE’s location: “With two thirds of the world’s human footprint within a four-hour flight of Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital’s investment in technological expertise and world-class infrastructure facilities means we can serve as a global logistical hub to, and for, the world,”

When can we expect the vaccine distribution to start?

There were no exact dates given in the communication for the various supply chain phases. Although we do know that the ‘six billion’ doses figure, applies to 2021.

Yesterday we learned about special exemptions for those in Abu Dhabi that have taken part in vaccine trials or as part of the National Vaccination Programme.

More news as we get it.

Images: Abu Dhabi Media Office/WAM