8,000 Boeing 747 cargo planes will be needed to reach Covid
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8,000 Boeing 747 cargo planes will be needed to reach Covid vaccine to entire world

Reaching all 7.8 billion people on the planet with a coronavirus vaccine will require a global airlift filling the equivalent of 8,000 Boeing Co. 747 freighters, according the International Air Transport Association.

The capacity estimate assumes that an inoculation program would require only one dose, while multiple-course treatments would add to the demand, Glyn Hughes, the industry body’s head of cargo, said in a media briefing Wednesday.

“Airlift is the correct terminology here,” Hughes said. “We know the procedures well. What we need to do is scale them up to the magnitude that will be required

‘Military precision’

Distributing a vaccine in Africa would be “impossible” right now, Hughes said, given the lack of capacity combined with the size of the region, thin surface-transport infrastructure and the complexities of border crossings.

Shipments will need to be planned with “almost military precision” and will require cool facilities at a network of staging posts where drugs can be stored between flights on the way to local dispersal.

There are as many as 250 different vaccine programs under development, Hughes said, citing the World Health Organization.

The U.S. and other governments have invested billions of dollars to develop a shot at an accelerated pace, and more than two dozen vaccines are now being tested in volunteers less than a year after the virus was first discovered. Eleven candidates are in late-stage trials




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-reach-covid-vaccine-to-entire-world/499386/
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