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AMSTERDAM — South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air has become one of the first airlines to transport an important COVID-19 vaccine ingredient. On Dec. 8, Korean Air transported the ingredient for COVID-19 vaccine on Korean Air flight 925 to Amsterdam.
The vaccine ingredient was transported by Korean Air to the final destination, a vaccine production plant in Europe. Temperatures were maintained below -60 °C throughout the transportation process.

The COVID-19 vaccines require a cold chain that provides temperature-controlled environments during transportation and storage. The range of required temperature varies by product type such as cryogenic temperatures below -60 °C; refrigeration below -20 °C; and temperature maintenance between 2 and 8 °C.

Korean Air loaded the vaccine ingredients in special containers for medical items that maintain cryogenic temperatures below -60 °C and can maintain temperatures below -70 ℃ even without power for 120 hours.

Korean Air’s COVID-19 vaccine transport task force, launched in September, has been preparing for cryogenic temperature transportation of COVID-19 vaccines.
Korean Air’s task force is reviewing all aspects concerning the vaccine’s transport, and we are developing a strong system and infrastructure for its safe and swift distribution. Korean Air Cargo has a proven expertise in transporting pharmaceutical items, and we were certified by IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators on Pharmaceutical Handling (CEIV Pharma) last June, a certification for the excellence in air transport of medicines,"

Korean Air cargo business division senior vice-president Eum Jae Dong said. 

“Based on our considerable experience in delivering specialized cargo, Korean Air is ready and committed to transporting the vaccine ingredient and vaccines as safely and quickly as possible,”
Eum added.#
Via (Business Korea)

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