Covid vaccine: ‘8,000 jumbo jets needed’ to deliver doses around world

Industry body IATA warns of capacity shortage for ‘biggest aviation challenge ever’

Shipping a coronavirus vaccine around the world will be the airline industry’s biggest-ever challenge, requiring the equivalent of 8,000 jumbo jet planes to get a single dose to 7.8 billion people, according to the aviation industry.

The International Air Transport Association warned of severe capacity constraints that could hamper efforts to get a vaccine out quickly around the globe. While drugmakers are racing to develop a vaccine and get it approved by regulators, the international aviation group is working with airlines, airports, health bodies and pharmaceutical firms to draft an airlift plan.

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