Astral Aviation has partnered with Abu Dhabi based Hope Consortium in an agreement aimed at enhancing the delivery of much needed vaccines to the African continent, from the point of vaccine production all the way to the point of local immunisation.
Comprising of leading Abu Dhabi entities, from Abu Dhabi Department of Health, Abu Dhabi Ports, Etihad Cargo, Rafed, SkyCell, and Maqta Gateway, as well as a wide body of global logistics players, the HOPE Consortium is developing capacity to transport, store, and distribute 18 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses per annum to countries around the world.
“Grateful to HOPE Consortium for the partnership opportunity provided on the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines to and within Africa. Astral Aviation will provide capacity for vaccines on its scheduled and charter network in addition to cold-storage facilities at its Nairobi Hub. Astral Aerial Solutions will provide innovative drone solutions for last-mile delivery of Covid-19 vaccines in Africa,” Astral Aviation CEO Sanjeev Gandhia posted on his LinkedIn.
“This milestone agreement furthers the HOPE Consortiums’ capability to serve the African continent and deliver millions of vaccines to all those in need from the point of vaccine production all the way to the point of local immunisation,” the consortium announced on its Twitter handle.
The Hope Consortium offers a unique end-to-end supply chain solution capable of delivering large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines anywhere in the world, according to the information provided on its website.
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo