Taiwan’s China Airlines ready to fly COVID vaccines into country

26-Feb-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 7:31 AM Print This Post

China Airlines (CAL) is ready to fly coronavirus vaccines into Taiwan even though it has not yet received orders to do so, reports said Thursday (February 25).

The country has received global praise for its handling of the pandemic but has not yet started any vaccination campaign. It has, however, ordered vaccines despite apparent attempts by China to sabotage such a deal.

CAL Chair Hsieh Shih-chien said Thursday that he had not received any orders from AstraZeneca to move vaccines but that the airline is ready to do so when an agreement is reached, Newtalk reported.

CAL is reportedly the only Taiwanese airline to possess the necessary international licensing and technology to transport vaccines under a stable temperature of minus 80 degrees Celsius. According to Hsieh, manufacturers of vaccines would not directly contact the airline but rather first discuss shipments with a freight agent the airline entrusts with the mission.

Taiwan’s largest carrier said it started actively seeking out pharmaceutical logistics clients in 2013 and obtained certification from the centre for Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) in 2019 following a rigorous review of its standards.



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