Support equitable distribution of vaccines around the world
On December 14, 2021, UPS, one of the largest companies in the world, with revenue of $ 84.6 billion in 2020, announced that it had exceeded one billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine delivered with 99.9% punctuality in more than 110 countries. This step was taken only one year after the delivery of the first vaccine by UPS. This was made possible by UPS’s innovative approaches, unique UPS Premier tracking technologies, state-of-the-art cold chain solutions, and an extensive and sophisticated global network around the world.
UPS’s global network and dedicated UPS employees have not only supported healthcare customers and global organizations, but have also partnered with public-private partnerships to provide vaccines and chain expertise. cold in countries where populations are difficult to reach, guaranteeing delivery to as many people as possible. . To achieve this, UPS Healthcare mapped approximately 500 trade routes to enable vaccine shipments around the world and used more than 1.35 million kilograms of dry ice to help move vaccines safely.
On December 16, 2020, UPS delivered the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccine outside the United States from Pfizer’s facilities in Belgium via Cologne, to Saudi Arabia. UPS has coordinated the distribution of millions of vaccines in the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa (ISMEA) by leveraging its intelligent global logistics network. Over the past 12 months, UPS has strengthened its commitment to equitable vaccine delivery, including vaccine delivery to rural Africa, in addition to a $ 1 million commitment from the Foundation. UPS to help India tackle the Covid-19 outbreak in May 2021.
In an exclusive interview with STAT Trade Times, Nicole “Nikki” Clifton, President, Social Impact and The UPS Foundation, explains how UPS has supported and facilitated the equitable distribution of Covid vaccines and what its plans are to work with public-private partnership organizations and non-governmental organizations to advance more equitable vaccine distribution in remote areas of Africa, from South America and Asia.
Could you provide a little more detail on how the UPS Foundation came to support and facilitate the equitable distribution of Covid vaccines in low income countries and rural areas?
The UPS Foundation improves the well-being of individuals and communities by leveraging its partnerships and innovative logistics expertise to deliver health and humanitarian solutions to underserved and affected communities.
Once the Covid vaccines became available, the UPS Foundation identified an opportunity to leverage its logistics expertise and global network to ensure that people in developing countries can access life-saving vaccines. The UPS Foundation has partnered with partners such as GAVI, UNICEF, the World Food Program and other agencies like the African CDC, PAHO and the Asian Development Bank to share the capacities of UPS, Freezing farms, dry ice capacities and offer assistance for vaccine distribution. We have partnered with UNICEF and GAVI to train and manage the ultra-cold vaccine movement in COVAX countries, supporting Covid relief and health infrastructure going forward. We have also integrated logistics experts in countries like Indonesia and Malawi to fully manage distribution logistics and ensure vaccine effectiveness. In December (2021), UPS surpassed one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine delivered with near perfect on-time delivery. These innovative efforts have helped advance vaccine equity in 18 countries on 5 continents.
In India The UPS Foundation has announced a commitment of $ 1 million to fight the wave of Covid-19 in India. The engagement was a combination of emergency funding, in-kind transport movements and technical expertise to provide emergency assistance, as well as strategic support. UPS has also delivered over 580,000 pounds of medical supplies across India, including 6,761 oxygen concentrators (OCs); 5,215 ventilators and respirators, 10,000 oximeters, thermometers and other medical supplies. Through our partner, the Concern India Foundation, we distributed hand sanitizers, face shields and gloves to the police forces in the cities of Mumbai and Pune.
âLeveraging its logistics expertise to promote social impact includes a commitment to harnessing cutting-edge technologies to support the mission of the UPS Foundation. We are currently working with key stakeholders to identify new opportunities for 2022. â
Nicole “Nikki” Clifton, UPS
Tell us how the UPS Foundation intends to work with public-private partnership and non-governmental organizations over the coming year to advance more equitable vaccine distribution in remote areas of Africa. , South America and Asia?
Public-private partnerships and working with NGOs have historically played a key role in UPS’s efforts to promote health and humanitarian aid. While we are unable to speak to future plans at this time, we are optimistic about how further innovative partnerships can help us continue to scale up efforts to promote equity globally. .
Will the UPS Foundation explore more options for partnering with unmanned aerial vehicles or drones to deliver Covid vaccines to remote and road-inaccessible places and communities, similar to the successful partnership UPS has had? with Zipline and Gavi?
In partnership with Gavi and Zipline, the UPS Foundation has been able to deliver more than 460,000 doses of Covid -19 vaccine by drone to rural clinics in Ghana. Leveraging its logistics expertise to promote social impact includes a commitment to harnessing cutting-edge technologies to support the mission of the UPS Foundation. We are currently working with key stakeholders to identify new opportunities for 2022.
Tell us how the UPS Foundation continues to focus on supporting other immunization programs, humanitarian logistics, and other social impact programs despite the massive Covid vaccine distribution mission?
This year, the UPS Foundation celebrated its 70th anniversary. Equity is at the center of the Foundation’s four areas of intervention: health and humanitarian aid, equity and economic empowerment, local community engagement and the protection of the planet – what we call ” HELP â. We will continue to work with ministries of health to help them with training, capacity building and delivery of ultra-cold chain vaccines until everyone is safe. We are currently focused on helping Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, to increase equity in vaccines. Immunization programs will continue to be a key priority in communities and countries as we fight the pandemic and participate in solutions that make equitable vaccine availability possible.
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