Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh (middle), takes possession of the Sinopharm vaccines alongside Caribbean Airlines officials. (Image courtesy Caribbean Airlines)

Caribbean Airlines Cargo has transported what is now the largest number of COVID-19 vaccines brought to the country to date, with the delivery of 100,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines.  The vaccines arrived at about 1:09 am today, Wednesday 19 May 2021.

An official statement from Caribbean Airlines notes that the temperature sensitive shipment was moved from Bejing to Trinidad connecting in Toronto through the airline’s cargo charter service. Caribbean Airlines collaborated with Hainan Airlines which carried the shipment to Toronto, where it was transferred to the Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft.

“This cargo charter service comes one year after the carrier operated its inaugural cargo charter, transporting COVID-19 relief supplies,” the Caribbean Airlines release reports.

“Caribbean Airlines continues to contribute to the region’s COVID-19 recovery efforts through our expertise in transporting time-sensitive shipments,” said Marklan Moseley, General Manager of Cargo and New Business at Caribbean Airlines.

“We remain committed to our critical role in the fight against the pandemic and are ready to assist with the massive distribution of vaccines throughout the Caribbean as vaccines become available,” he added.

Since March 2021, Caribbean Airlines Cargo has shipped a substantial amount of COVID-19 vaccines to the Caribbean, moving shipments to Guyana, Barbados and Dominica.  The carrier has been supporting the region throughout the pandemic through the shipment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 test kits to 16 Caribbean countries.

Caribbean Airlines Cargo recently expanded its all-cargo flight schedule in Trinidad and Kingston. The airline also currently serves destinations including Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, New York, Toronto, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and Bahamas.