In the wake of the surging COVID-19 Delta variant, a collaboration spearheaded under the HOPE Consortium has developed an array in motion to facilitate the movement of vaccines globally. The Abu Dhabi-based network established a delivery system that will comprise logistic services to handle transport, demand planning, sourcing, and the delivery of 18 billion Covid-19 vaccines all around including Kenya.
Speaking at a virtual meeting, Dr. Omar Najim, the executive office director of, Department of Health-Abu Dhabi, highlighted the impact of the pandemic and the need for the economic gap to be filled.
“To address the need for complete and fully integrated vaccine supply chain solutions, we have developed one of the most extensive and integrated, end-to-end supply chain solutions in the world, saving countries and communities the challenge of building their own supply chains,” Dr. Najim added.
The effort utilizes Abu Dhabi’s strategic position as a gateway to two-thirds of the global population to establish it as the central life sciences hub for the global response to the pandemic.
The Consortium comprised of key entities such as the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Ports, Etihad Cargo, Rafed, SkyCell, and Maqta gateway as well as other global logistics stakeholders, the partners have gathered to leverage their unique capabilities to cover the physical movement of the vaccines and the report on the supply chain progress & compliance.
HOPE has employed a storage model to counter vaccine wastage due to limited refrigeration capacity in certain parts of the world. The model allows it to store large quantities of vaccines at its advanced cold and ultra-cold storage hub. It will also align its deliveries with the ability of recipient countries and communities to absorb these supplies safely.
They have launched local medical and logistics personnel training on how to handle these sensitive products to eliminate wastage.
All vaccines delivered under HOPE’s supply chain will be connected to ‘mUnity’ developed by Maqta Gateway to ensure safety levels and effectiveness. The digital blockchain-enabled solution will facilitate the tracking of the journey of the vaccines through the cold chain, from production, all the way to inoculation, ensuring they remain within the prescribed temperature bands.
Ever since the release of the vaccines began in December 2020, many governments have boosted their research and widespread sensitization on the vaccine administration to accelerate the rollout process.
Over 1.7 million Kenyans have already received their first jab with a little over half a million have received their full dosage of the vaccination. This number which represents only one percent of the total Kenya population is still low and displays the journey that lies ahead of the government in their fight against the pandemic.