Virus Outbreak: CAL and EVA ‘ready’ to transport vaccines

READY FOR COLD: EVA said that it was confident it could handle Pfizer’s ultra-cold vaccines with its cold-chain delivery service, although foreign airlines might be used

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 16, 2020
By: Kao Shih-ching / Staff reporter

Aircraft operated by China Airlines Ltd and EVA Airways Corp sit on the tarmac at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Dayuan District, Taoyuan, Taiwan, on Sept. 23.
Photo: Bloomberg

China Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空) and EVA Airways Corp (長榮航空) yesterday said that they are ready and willing to transport COVID-19 vaccines, although they had not received assignments from the government.

The airlines’ remarks came after a report by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister paper) said that the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) had asked EVA to install liquid nitrogen storage to facilitate carrying vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech, which must be kept at about minus-75°C.

EVA said that it did not receive an assignment from the CECC, but it has told the Civil Aeronautics Administration that it would be happy to provide a door-to-door vaccine delivery service.

“We are confident that we can handle Pfizer’s ultra-cold vaccines with our cold-chain delivery service,” EVA said in a statement.    [FULL  STORY]

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