Frankfurt handles first vaccine shipments

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Frankfurt Cargo Services, a subsidiary of Worldwide Flight Services, has handled its first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines.

These derive from German biotechnology company BioNTech, as the airport gears up to play a prominent role in the global recovery from the coronavirus. Doses of the vaccine were handled at FCS’ facility at Frankfurt’s CargoCity Süd before being loaded into the cargo hold of a Royal Jordanian Airlines’ Airbus A319 bound for Amman.

FCS, the largest airline-independent cargo handler at Frankfurt airport, has been completing its preparations to support COVID-19 vaccine shipments since last year as part of WFS’ Project Coldstream initiative to co-ordinate the group’s global response to the anticipated transportation of some 16bn doses of vaccine. In Frankfurt, this has included gaining CEIV certification by IATA in September as well as the Pharma and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification by the European Union in November respectively, to ensure compliance with the quality requirements of airlines and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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