Air travel’s collapse will make it harder to ship vaccines

A successful coronavirus vaccine is no good to anyone sitting in a lab. The next phase: sending shots around the world and into the arms of the global population.

The unprecedented logistical challenge of delivering more than 15 billion Covid-19 vaccines will be made even harder by the drop in passenger flights as people stay home during coronavirus.

Typically, around 50% of cargo worldwide is transported in the bellies of passenger planes, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA). Those routes must run smoothly to successfully transport vaccines around the world.

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