Thursday 23rd Feb 2017 - Logistics Manager

DHL to deliver vaccines for developing countries

Deutsche Post DHL Group is to deliver life-saving vaccines in developing countries for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi and Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL

For the next three years DHL will aim to create a more efficient vaccine supply chain using its experience in life sciences and healthcare and its international transport network.

It hopes that the changes will: increase immunization coverage, reduce vaccine wastage and better ensure vaccine availability and potency, eventually helping reduce child mortality.

”We are proud to support Gavi in its important societal role,” says Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group. “This enhanced relationship will allow Deutsche Post DHL Group to contribute its world class supply chain expertise and network towards making a real difference to vaccine distribution in the developing world – and, with this, to improve lives.”

Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, said: “Robust vaccine supply chains are a vital part of building strong health systems, so that children, parents, and communities can be reached wherever they live with life-saving vaccines,” he said. “DHL’s expertise in healthcare delivery and its footprint in sub-Saharan Africa will help the partnership develop and test new innovative solutions aimed at increasing the health impact in Gavi-supported countries.”