Covid-19 vaccines delivered with 99.9 percent on-time performance to more than 110 countries
UPS recently 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, signature UPS Premier tracking technologies, industry-leading cold chain solutions, and an expansive, sophisticated, global network providing UPS Healthcare services to customers and communities around the world.
“UPSers have been essential in the fight against Covid-19, delivering equitable access to critical healthcare services,’” affirmed Kate Gutmannn, Chief Sales and Solutions Officer and Executive Vice President, UPS Global Healthcare.
The global UPS network and dedicated UPS employees not only supported healthcare customers and global organizations, but also joined in public-private partnerships to provide vaccines and cold chain expertise to countries with hard-to-reach populations, ensuring delivery to as many people as possible.
Mapping trade lanes
To achieve this, 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.
“UPS Healthcare has set the global pace for Covid-19 vaccine delivery, supported by the unmatched dedication of UPSers and the company’s global logistics capabilities and expertise,” asserted Wes Wheeler, President, UPS Healthcare.
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.
“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,” noted Rachid Fergati, Managing Director—Middle East, Indian subcontinent and Central Asia, UPS
Unique examples of these global efforts include:
- Ultra-cold freezer donations and in-kind vaccine deliveries to facilitate equitable distribution to remote and rural areas throughout Africa, South America, Asia, North America, and Europe, made possible by The UPS Foundation..
- Three Regional 24/7 UPS Healthcare Command Centres, dedicated to predicting and managing the global vaccine movement to ensure on-time delivery, with contingency plans and solutions to mitigate the risks of extreme weather and other obstacles
- Partnering with Gavi and other organizations to train and manage ultra-cold vaccine movement in Covax countries, supporting Covid relief and healthcare infrastructure moving forward
- Embedded UPS logistic experts in countries including Indonesia and Malawi to fully and safely manage vaccine distribution logistics
Real-time visibility into the location of vaccines through UPS Premier technology, which provides precise visibility into every single vaccine package–down to within 10 feet of its location anywhere in the UPS global network “Service is in our DNA. We will continue to provide life-saving supplies, vaccines and other therapies with a constant eye on equitable distribution in every country we serve,” observed Laura Lane, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, UPS, who also has responsibility for global social impact and sustainability.