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American Airlines Delivers Additional 3 Million Vaccines Abroad

Fort Worth—Following the White House’s announcement to share at least 80 million U.S. vaccine doses globally this summer, American Airlines has now moved 4.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Guatemala. American delivered 3 million doses of vaccines on a donated cargo-only nonstop flight from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City on July 20. The shipment follows 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that American transported to Guatemala earlier this month.

American’s Cargo team worked in close consultation with the White House COVID-19 task force, and with pharmaceutical partners and trucking logistics specialists to move the shipment of vaccinations from a distribution site in Kentucky to American’s cargo terminal at ORD. The shipments were loaded onto a Boeing 777-300 and flew to GUA.

“We share President Biden and the White House’s commitment to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic,” American Airlines president Robert Isom said. “Whether it is keeping the economy moving by adding cargo-only flights during the height of the pandemic or providing essential air travel for those who needed it, our team has remained ready to rise to any challenge. We are proud to be part of this life-saving effort to get the vaccine to the Guatemalan people.”

American transported its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020. Since the beginning of the pandemic, American has leveraged its internationally recognized climate-controlled shipping solutions to fly more than 9,400 cargo-only flights moving everything from vaccines and pharmaceuticals to perishable and agricultural goods.

With specialized facilities and its team of certified life-sciences experts, American handles temperature-critical shipments in more than 150 cities in 46 countries, and also operates the largest temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipping facility for airlines in the United States.

SOURCE American Airlines Cargo