One year ago, FedEx Express delivered the first shipments of the Covid-19 vaccines to dosing centres in the United States.
The day marked a turning point in global efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic as transportation companies like FedEx, healthcare companies, and government officials coordinated the first shipments to begin vaccinating communities.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, FedEx has delivered approximately 14,000 Covid-19 related humanitarian relief shipments globally, including three FedEx charter flights carrying oxygen concentrators, and medical supplies to India.
The company will also continue to deliver vaccines throughout another busy holiday season, in which FedEx expects to deliver 100 million more packages than the company delivered during the 2019 holiday season.
“We are immensely proud of the role we’ve played in helping deliver lifesaving Covid-19 vaccines throughout the U.S. and around the world,” said Raj Subramaniam, president and COO of FedEx Corporation. “With a network designed for time-definite express transportation, custom critical shipping, and customs brokerage, FedEx continues to work closely with governments, healthcare customers, and administration sites to help ensure vaccines and related supplies move where and when needed. Over the last year, we’ve expanded our transportation of Covid-19 vaccines to more than 50 countries and territories around the world. We’re committed to helping to end to this pandemic and building for a better future for all.”
“The Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region is home to more than 75 percent of the world’s total population, and we are proud to use our network and expertise to keep the world’s supply chains moving as businesses and communities continue rebuilding their economies,” said Kawal Preet, president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express. “Having successfully delivered over 37 kilotons of personal protective equipment and other healthcare supplies inbound to AMEA, including vaccines to South Korea and Vietnam during the first one and a half years of the pandemic, we remain united behind the purpose of delivering these mission-critical shipments safely and reliably to our communities.”
Shipments of COVID-19 vaccines and critical medical supplies are picked up from the manufacturers and distributors and delivered to communities around the world. Network capabilities also enable the movement of sensitive shipments such as active pharmaceutical ingredients and therapeutics that play an important role in the fight against COVID-19.