Air cargo is expected to become one of the main forms of transportation for the coronavirus vaccine.

The Finnish airline company Finnair is aiming to become one of the carriers for a Covid-19 vaccine in the future. Photograph: Seppo Sirkka/Eastpress
The Finnish airline company Finnair is aiming to become one of the carriers for a Covid-19 vaccine in the future. Photograph: Seppo Sirkka/Eastpress

Finnair Cargo is preparing to carry Covid-19 vaccines. Several pharmaceutical companies have stated they are in the latter stages of testing a vaccine for Covid-19, suggesting it is time to start planning the supply chain. It is anticipated that air cargo will be one of the main forms of transportation.

Finnair Cargo was the first airline in the world to receive a prestigious pharma certificate (IATA CEIV) in 2015. “We have a history of excellence in pharma logistics and with our new terminal, we have lifted all the monitoring and control to 100% in our premises,” Fredrik Wildtgrube, head of global sales at Finnair Cargo, said in a statement.

For the logistics chain, there is not yet publicly available information on the exact requirements for transporting vaccines. 

Tommi Voss, head of operations at Finnair Cargo, noted in the statement that “it is a known fact that there is always a risk when transporting temperature-sensitive items.” “That’s why our job is to make sure we protect the product integrity in all possible ways.”

According to Finnair, a dedicated pharma area will manage the arrival and build-up of temperature-controlled cargo. The aircraft can be parked next to the terminal for a speedy process. “Temperature-sensitive items can be loaded in the plane in under 30 minutes,” Voss said.

Partnerships with major active container manufactures are to further ensure the safe transportation of the vaccines.

“Speed and product safety,” according to Finnair, “are expected to be the most important deciding factors when designing the supply chain for the Covid-19 vaccine.”