Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Rafed and Abu Dhabi Ports Collaborate on State of the Art Medical Cold Storage Facility

Development is Integral to Managing UAEs Covid Vaccination Program
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UAE – Healthcare procurement company Rafed and Abu Dhabi Ports have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly launch the largest healthcare and medical supplies cold store distribution centre in the UAE. According to the partners, it will be the most technologically advanced logistics centre in the country once fully online.

The agreement will see Abu Dhabi Ports deliver a state-of-the-art warehouse and inventory management system as Rafed’s fourth-party logistics service provider. Robert Sutton, Head of Logistics Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports, said:

“Rafed’s agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports as their sole provider of logistics services is a testament to our capabilities and expertise in efficiently managing end-to-end supply chain and associated value added services to support the healthcare sector across the country.”

Abu Dhabi Ports recently announced its enhanced logistics capabilities for the storage and distribution of more than 70 million Covid-19 vaccines at its dedicated 19,000 square metre temperature-controlled warehouse facility in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).

Certified by the UAE Department of Health, the facility currently handles the Chinese-developed G42 vaccine for the country’s vaccination program and already houses more than one million doses of the vaccine.

The technologically advanced facility is equipped to store vaccines and other pharmaceutical products at a temperature range of 2 to 8 degrees as well as the more extreme range of -80 degrees.

Both the partners are members of ‘Hope Consortium’, with Rafed being recently formed to respond to the burgeoning quantity of medical assets in light of the pandemic. Led by the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, the consortium represents a public-private partnership in a bid to offer a reliable supply chain solution to address transport of the vaccine.

Photo: The agreement between Rafed and Abu Dhabi Ports being officially signed.