UPS Crosses One Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Milestone
UPS has announced that it surpassed the one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered mark with near-perfect on-time accuracy.
Just one year after the first vaccine was delivered by UPS, this milestone was made possible through UPS’s innovative approaches, one-of-a-kind UPS® Premier tracking technologies and industry-leading cold chain solutions.
Chief Sales and Solutions Officer and Executive Vice President, UPS Global Healthcare Kate Gutmann said: “UPSers have been essential in the fight against COVID-19, delivering equitable access to critical healthcare services.
“This milestone would not have been possible without every person in our global network working tirelessly, alongside our partners and customers, to accelerate vaccine distribution and help keep communities as safe as possible.”
UPS Healthcare mapped roughly 500 trade lanes to enable seamless worldwide vaccine shipments and used more than 1.35 million kilos of dry ice to help safely move vaccines.
On 16 December 2020, UPS delivered the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines outside of the United States from Pfizer’s facilities in Belgium through Cologne, to Saudi Arabia.
UPS coordinated the distribution of millions of vaccines in the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, and Africa (ISMEA) by leveraging its smart global logistics network.
Over the last 12 months, UPS has strengthened its commitment towards equitable vaccine delivery including delivering vaccines to rural areas across Africa, in addition to a $1 million pledge by The UPS Foundation to help India’s fight against the COVID-19 surge in May 2021.
Rachid Fergati, Managing Director Middle East, Indian subcontinent and Central Asia for UPS said, "The Middle East was one of the first regions where we began delivering life-saving vaccines, and with the dedication of our UPSers and partners, I am proud to mark this significant milestone.
"The fight isn't over, and we'll continue to deliver vaccines safely to communities all over the world.
“Partnership and collaboration with government entities in the region were vital to ensuring UPS was in a position to deliver what matters. We remain committed to working with our key partners to move the world forward.”