ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines said on Monday it has transported a total of 27 million vaccines across the globe.
Africa’s biggest carrier has turned to cargo services to shore up revenue after the onset of the pandemic period during which the number of passengers down sharply.
The airless brought Ethiopia’s first 2.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Addis Ababa on March 7, 2021. Since then, the national flag carrier has transported vaccines to Africa and beyond.
“Ethiopian continues to transport COVID-19 vaccines all over the world and it has transported more than 27 million vaccines to over 24 countries so far,” the Airlines said on Monday.
The Airlines expressed determination to enhance its commitment to curb the spread of the pandemic working in collaboration with governments and humanitarian organizations across the world.
“We will continue to play our part in the global vaccine distribution,” its CEO said last month. “Our collaborative efforts are the only way out at this critical time where equitable distribution and transportation of the vaccines is desirable.”
The Airline has Africa’s largest cargo terminal and technologically equipped facility dubbed ‘Pharma Wing’ to store and ship time sensitive pharmaceuticals including vaccines.
The revenue from its cargo business, and maintenance services, among others helped offset the collapse in demand for passenger travel during the pandemic period.