Διανομή μέσων ατομικής προστασίας και εμβολίων κατά της covid_19 – Παγκόσμια πρόκληση για την αεροπορική βιομηχανία
PPE and COVID -19 vaccines distribution - Worldwide challenge for aviation industry
The purpose of this thesis is to study and present the challenges faced by the aviation industry during the period of the coronavirus, and more specifically air cargo transport. For writing this diploma, relevant information collection from academic and grey literature was crucial. Airlines, ground handling companies and airport operators handbooks were also an important source of information. The global distribution of medical equipment and vaccines against COVID-19 requires the air transport industry to deliver with the highest speed, reliability, safety and transparency. Internationally recognized standards and certifications such as the IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma), Good Distribution Practice (GDP) and the Transport Asset Protection Association (TAPA) prove fundamental and certify the correct handling and transportation of the vaccines against COVID-19, as well as the relevant medical equipment. This supply chain guidance helps national and regional supply and logistics points prepare and strengthen their strategies for receiving, storing, distributing and managing the COVID-19 vaccines and adjuvants, in accordance with their national vaccination plan. Finally, the application of technology and digital solutions can significantly increase the efficiency of business processes, as it allows the optimal use of available resources and solves the main problem of information exchange between all participants in air freight transport.