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More than sixty companies participating in the Vaccines Gateway Netherlands (VGN) task force have joined forces at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to enable safe, secure and swift transport of the corona vaccines from manufacturer to end user, now that the vaccines have been approved by the Amsterdam-based European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Besides Amsterdam Airport Schiphol itself, these sixty companies include Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, industry organisation Air Cargo Netherlands as well as cargo shippers, Dutch airports, airlines, forwarders, ground handlers, hauliers and general sales agents for cargo transported by international airlines. Other participants in the task force include service providers such as banks, insurance companies, educational institutions, consultancy firms, employment agencies and security companies.

Together with the task force, Schiphol aims to be the European gateway for the handling and transport of the corona vaccines with maximum possible efficiency, safety, security and reliability. A major distribution network requires collaboration between stakeholders in the logistical chain in order to realise handling and delivery as rapidly as possible. Moreover we are together ensuring that the vaccines remain in prime condition, in line with the requirements. This is why we have worked through various scenarios and, as a result, have been able to formulate guidelines to ensure our preparedness for every possible situation. Ferry van der Ent, Director Business Development Cargo at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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