Dubai, United Arab Emirates,

DP World wins global vaccine logistics award

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World

We must learn lessons from this pandemic to ensure equal and fair access to critical supplies, regardless of wealth or geography.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World

DP World was awarded the prestigious "Best Logistics Technology & Cold Chain Delivery" award at this year’s Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards, held in Washington DC.

The award recognised DP World’s work over the last two years to address challenges in vaccine delivery and supply chain bottlenecks.

For the past 21 years, the World Vaccine Congress has grown into the leading vaccines congress globally, with an agenda shaped by a global scientific advisory board.

The lack of a unified global response to the pandemic presents a barrier to global health, freedom of movement and economic recovery. Technology and partnerships to pool expertise and resources have been vital in overcoming these obstacles.

Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: “When the first Covid-19 vaccines were announced, DP World was quick to recognise the scale of the challenge involved in distributing this to billions of people worldwide. We are proud that our global staff and facilities have played a part in ensuring the vaccines reach those in most need. We must learn lessons from this pandemic to ensure equal and fair access to critical supplies, regardless of wealth or geography”.

From Lab to Jab

DP World’s cold-chain facilities, such as those in Caucedo port, span warehousing space and moving goods vehicles, ensure that DP World can cover the entire journey from the laboratory right up to the point of injection. In the Dominican Republic, this meant distributing more than eight million Covid-19 vaccines around the country.

DP World’s suite of digital technologies, such as CARGOES Flow, also helped its partners identify bottlenecks in their supply chains and smooth the flow of medical supplies across borders.

Finally, the World Logistics Passport initiative, in which DP World is a partner, removes trade barriers and enhances trade routes to improve and facilitate trade between countries – simplifying the movement of these critical supplies.

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, we signed a three-year partnership with UNICEF to support its COVAX mission. DP World provided UNICEF free worldwide access to our logistical services, helping it deliver two billion vaccine doses by 2022 in hard-to-reach nations.

Alongside UNICEF, DP World is a key partner in the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Alliance working with Emirates and Dubai Airports to distribute vaccines by air, land, and sea to address operational challenges in emerging markets hard-hit by the pandemic.

The last mile can be the most challenging part of delivery, with vaccines often damaged by temperature fluctuations. DP World has recently partnered with UK-based Ideabatic to distribute an innovative freeze-free and fail-safe cool box to make sure these life-saving vaccines reach their targets.

Notes to Editors

About DP World 

We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions.  

We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 190 business units in 69 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work. 

Our dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 71,255 employees from 150 nationalities are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focusing on mutually beneficial relationships – with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain – relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership. 

We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading digital technology to further broaden our vision to disrupt world trade and create the smartest, most efficient and innovative solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet. 

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