DPDHL Group Supports UNICEF's COVAX Global Vaccination Initiative

DPDHL Group Supports UNICEF's COVAX Global Vaccination Initiative

Deploys logistics experts at Copenhagen and Dubai

Deutsche Post DHL Group has deployed staff through secondments to support UNICEF's role as the lead delivery partner for the COVAX Facility.

Three logistics experts have been tasked to perform particular functions at UNICEF's Supply Division based in Copenhagen, as well as at a regional Supply Hub in Dubai.

They will be involved in a variety of tasks related to analyzing logistics data, management of inbound shipments and distribution of humanitarian supplies, and supporting the coordination of airfreight shipments of vaccines.

UNICEF is leading efforts to supply COVID-19 vaccines on behalf of the COVAX Facility, which aims to accelerate the development and manufacture of vaccines and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country.

Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL said: "We are very proud to be able to support UNICEF with our expertise in Life Science & Healthcare Logistics for such an important task.

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"As logistics experts, our staff know the challenges and have the right knowledge to overcome these. It is our responsibility to provide help."

Malene Klokkerholm Moller, Logistics Data Analyst says: "In my role at UNICEF's Supply Division I support the supply chain management and logistics operations through data analyses.

"This includes ensuring good tracking and visibility of COVID-19 vaccine shipments, monitoring supply forecasts, and providing analyses for streamlining shipment planning.

"The analyses will optimize the logistic planning process and lead to a reduction of delivery times for the COVID-19 vaccines shipments."

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, demand for medical supplies has surged. In the past year, UNICEF alone has shipped 246 million gloves, 273 million face masks, and over 20 million N95 respirators.

To provide global coverage over the next two years, up to 200k pallet shippers and 15m cooling boxes as well as 15k flights will be required across the various supply chain setups.

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