The Guidance for Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Logistics and Distribution describes a set of considerations for the large-scale handling, transportation, and distribution of vaccines as well as other pharmaceutical, life science, and medical products. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) collaborated with several leading authorities, organizations, and global humanitarian agencies to prepare the guide. The 5th edition was published in June 2021 and draws on lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis and helps define future procedures for stakeholders. The Vaccine Guidelines are available in English and Spanish, and users must register in order to access the full document.
IATA, the trade association for world airlines, represents 82% of total air traffic. They are a world leader on aviation policy and work closely with the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to help set international shipping standards. This guidance was released by the IATA Cargo team, which has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure much needed vaccines, medicines and medical equipment are shipped in a safe and timely fashion.