COVID-19 Vaccines For 8 Billion Would Fill 8,000 747 Freighters: Can The Airlines Help?

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Photo Illustration from 2004 of EADS Airbus’ A380F freighter. A380F ws designed to carry a 150 … [+] tonnes over 10.400 km on its three decks. The freighter version of the superjumbo, double-decker A380 airliner, capable of carrying more than 500 passengers, it was ultimately not built due to cancellations from production delays. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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The airline industry has been a major beneficiary of the vaccine euphoria. First Pfizer, then Moderna announced vaccine candidates with a promised effectiveness of 90% or more. This excited investors and airline executives alike, with visions of pent-up demand creating packed planes with filled middle seats.
But before potential passengers can be vaccinated and set out on their long-delayed business and leisure journeys, many hurdles must be leapt.Vaccines must be approved by the FDA and other worldwide health organizations, then manufactured in numbers that can make a difference in ending a worldwide pandemic. Then the real fun begins: the logistics challenge of transporting the vaccines around the US and the world.
How big a challenge? According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), “providing a single dose to 7.8 billion people would fill 8,000 747 cargo aircraft.” Meanwhile, the Pfizer vaccine apparently requires two doses …

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