The equivalent of 8,000 Boeing 747s will be needed for delivering Covid-19 vaccine globally, IATA said. [Photo: social media]

While pioneering world countries push through day and night to make the Covid-19 vaccine, the International Air Transport Association said delivering doses throughout the world will be the “largest transport challenge ever.”

The equivalent of 8,000 Boeing 747s will be needed, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.

There is no Covid-19 vaccine yet, but IATA is already working with airlines, airports, global health bodies and drug firms on a global airlift plan, BBC reported.

“Safely delivering Covid-19 vaccines will be the mission of the century for the global air cargo industry,” said IATA’s chief executive Alexandre De Juniac as the report quoted. “But it won’t happen without careful advance planning. And the time for that is now.”

Not all planes are suitable for delivering vaccines as they need a typical temperature range of between 2 and 8C for transporting drugs. Some vaccines may require frozen temperatures which would exclude more aircraft, according to the report.

Flights to certain countries will be critical as they lack vaccine-production capabilities.


  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.