On Monday evening, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-412F(SCD) freighter aircraft landed at Singapore Changi as flight SQ-7979 from Brussels, Belgium. Inside the aircraft was probably the world's most valuable cargo at this moment — the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a press release, Singapore Airlines said the COVID-19 vaccines were flown on-board a scheduled freighter flight from Brussels, Belgium direct to Singapore Changi.

The vaccines were prioritized upon loading at its departure point and were given similar precedence when they were unloaded in Singapore. A trial run of the COVID-19 vaccine shipment was completed two days prior.

Immediately after unloading, the shipment was transported to SATS’s cold-chain facility, Coolport, for storage and transport. The shipment is highly delicate, given it needs to be temperature-controlled for the entire duration; hence, there's a need for special containers and transport mechanisms.

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Mr. Chin Yau Seng, Senior Vice President Cargo, SIA, said: “The delivery of this first batch of Covid-19 vaccines to Singapore is an important milestone in the fight against Covid-19, and we are honoured to be able to play a part in this. It also served to demonstrate SIA’s and the Singapore air hub’s readiness for the very important job of transporting and distributing Covid-19 vaccines internationally.”

This delivery on Monday marks the first vaccine to be delivered in Asia.

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