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TAP Pharma is organising the transportation of the Covid-19 vaccine to Portugal

TAP Air Cargo is organising the transportation of the Covid-19 vaccine to Portugal and arranging all the necessary resources and partners. The government expects the vaccine to arrive in the country in January 2021.

The carrier's preparations to meet the transport needs for Covid-19 vaccines include: the design of the transport plan and dialogue with supply chain partners to ensure the procurement of temperature-controlled containers (pharma) and access to facilities meeting the necessary requirements. Anticipating the logistical operation of vaccine transport and storage is one of the main recommendations made to governments and the private sector by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which recently released the requirements for handling, transport and distribution of the vaccine by airlines. 

The IATA guidelines have been established in partnership with a number of international health organisations and highlight the complexity of the operation, which includes such challenges as ensuring sufficient storage space, regulatory approval for transport, border management, security against theft and the movement of deep-frozen material. Vaccines that have shown the best test results so far need to be kept at temperatures of -20ºC (Moderna vaccine) or -70ºC (Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines).

TAP Air Cargo regularly provides the transportation of medical and pharmaceutical products at stable, controlled temperatures in compliance with the strictest quality through TAP Pharma. The vaccine is not available yet, but the government expects it to be available in Portugal in January 2021.