KUALA LUMPUR (July 5): Logistics provider DHL Express delivered the US government’s donation of around one million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Malaysia today.
The arrival of the vaccine comes as part of a recent commitment by the U.S. to assist with recovery efforts worldwide. This shipment is made possible via the COVAX global vaccine sharing programme that aims to accelerate global equitable access to immunisation against the pandemic.
DHL Express Asia Pacific chief executive officer Ken lee said the company continues to leverage on their global network and medical logistic expertise to ensure the life-saving vaccines arrive safely and promptly.
"We must also remind ourselves of the need for collaboration amongst various parties and countries to manage this public health crisis effectively,” he said in a media statement today.
DHL Express arranged for the collection of the vaccines from facilities in the US before they were airlifted from the company's Cincinnati hub to its Subang gateway, where it would be distributed to designated locations in Kuala Lumpur. From door-to-door, the journey spanned only four days in complete compliance with stringent handling and storage requirements.
“To date, DHL has transported more than 300 million doses of approved vaccines worldwide, five million of which were to Malaysia,” said Julian Neo, the managing director of DHL Express for Malaysia and Brunei.
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