Abu Dhabi-based Rafed, G42 Healthcare unite for swift COVID-19 vaccine logistics

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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ADQ-backed healthcare procurement company Rafed has reached an agreement with Adu Dhabi-based G42 Healthcare to offer state-of-the-art services including its storage facilities for COVID-19 vaccines.

As part of the agreement, Rafed will supervise the logistics including the management, transportation, and storage of the vaccine doses in the new designated facilities, in line with the requirements and standards of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health.

Rafed’s dedicated pharmaceutical facility

Rafed’s state-of-the-art distribution center is capable to cater all temperature band requirements, from +20 Cº storage for PPE and medical equipment, to -90 Cº deep freezer capabilities required for the ideal storage and handling of vaccines.

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Rashed Saif Al Qubaisi
CEO – Rafed

“As part of the efforts exerted to support the global supply of COVID-19 vaccines, this agreement is amongst the many big steps towards our Consortium partnership efforts in developing the operational and logistical synergies between our companies to secure the management, transportation, and storage of the COVID-19 vaccines ensuring timely deliveries and world-class distribution systems in the near future. We’re glad to be partnering with G42 Healthcare on this important mission serving humanity during this COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.”

Sharing his view on the partnership, G42 Healthcare CEO, Mr. Ashish Koshy remarked that “This partnership further cements G42 Healthcare’s role as a key global player leading the charge against a virus that has crippled the world. The agreement allows for all the cold chain warehousing and logistical requirements to be met while ensuring that vaccines are handled with utmost precision and in compliance with international safety standards. We see this as the first step in what will prove to be a long-term partnership with all other members of the Hope Consortium, as we stand connected in our shared vision of a COVID-19 free world.”

Rafed is also engaging with Abu Dhabi Ports for a joint launch of the largest healthcare and medical supplies cold store distribution center in the UAE.

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