FedEx Express, a delivery services company, has recently announced the commencement of operations to transport Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for McKesson Corporation in the U.S.
The recent announcement happened in line with the Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine from the U.S. FDA. FedEx is planning to start the transportation of this vaccine and kits using the FedEx Priority Overnight® service, under the advanced monitoring support of FedEx Priority Alert®. This announcement also comes after months of preparation & close planning with Operation Warp Speed, McKesson, and state & local officials. In addition, the company will partner with the healthcare customers to ensure additional vaccine shipments as well as the transportation of other critical vaccine-related supplies.
In the previous week, FedEx started offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine across the U.S. The vaccine shipments across Canada are also likely to start by next week. Furthermore, the company is aiming towards the delivery of these vaccines in other countries as well. Its dedicated healthcare team, monitoring capabilities, and temperature-control solutions will support the express vaccine transportation and bioscience shipments.
The COVID-19 vaccine transportation is the next phase of the ongoing efforts of FedEx to provide relief measures across the globe. The company has maintained a track record of making relief efforts during several disasters by leveraging its expertise and network.
According to FedEx Express’s President & Chief Executive Officer, Don Colleran, the company’s team of experts is uniquely positioned for the new mission of providing vaccines worldwide. It has placed key focus on vaccine transportation since the beginning of the pandemic to ensure the continued operations of the critical supply chains, meet the robust demand for residential delivery, as well as offer above 9,600 humanitarian aid shipments globally.
For the record, FedEx has committed $4 million in cash & in-kind transportation support for the global nonprofits serving communities such as Heart to Heart International, International Medical Corps, and Direct Relief.