Modern Vaccine Consignment being loaded

Air Malta has reported that on Sunday night, Malta’s first shipment of the Moderna vaccine arrived in Malta from Brussels. Executive Chairman David G. Curmi said Air Malta is “thrilled to be part of this global effort to transport this vaccine”.

Chris Fearne, Malta’s Minister for Health, tweeted thanks to Air Malta on Sunday night.

The Moderna vaccine is the second to be approved for use in the European Union. Clinical trials have suggested that it has an efficacy rate of 94.5 per cent.

A key advantage of the Moderna Vaccine over the Pfizer/BioNTech one approved for use in December is the comparative ease with which it can be stored and transported. Where the Pfizer vaccine requires ultra-cold storage at -75C, the Moderna vaccine can be stored at -20C for up to six months.

Mr Curmi addressed the impact of COVID on the aviation industry, saying that though COVID-19 has thrown the aviation industry into a “deep crisis,” it will be the aviation industry that “will ultimately be the main driver to help end this pandemic”.

Air Malta is proud to have handled more than 2,600 tonnes of cargo in the past months, including materials vital for the fight against COVID, including medicines, vaccines and personal protective equipment.

The Airline has also been adapting its operational processes and procedures to allow the Airline to use the passengers’ cabin to carry humanitarian and medical equipment and supplies “in an expedited but safe manner thus maximising capacity of the Airline’s fleet.”

Related

Gozo Fast Ferry Ltd

Gozo Highspeed suspends voyages until further notice

February 21, 2024
by Anthea Cachia

Unfavourable sea conditions leads to cancelled scheduled trips to and from Gozo

TradeMalta assists local companies to showcase their culinary delights at Gulfood 2024

February 21, 2024
by BN Writer

This year, Malta is showcasing its capabilities with the participation of 11 food and beverage companies

Over 500 UK businesses fail to pay close to £16 million in minimum wages to thousands of employees

February 20, 2024
by Fabrizio Tabone

Companies had to pay their debts to staff, together with hefty financial penalties