Panama prepares initiatives to support the distribution of vaccines against COVID-19 in Latin America

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The Panama Canal and two of the main port operators agreed to establish an alliance that will help optimize supply routes for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Latin America, according to an official statement.

As part of the agreement signed between the Canal, Panama Ports Company (PPC) y PSA Panama International Terminal (PSA Panama) A cooperative alliance would be established to explore the possibility of establishing a logistics center in the Pacific of the interoceanic route to store and distribute COVID-19 vaccines, and supplies to the region.

The Canal Administrator, Ricaurte Vásquez said that with this alliance the contributions of Panama as the logistics center of the region to face the challenges posed by the pandemic will be affirmed..

In that context, the interoceanic highway will consider the development of additional facilities for storage and / or “break bulk” vaccine shipments, additional power sources or redundancies, as well as access roads to the terminals.

In the case of PPC, it will provide, among other facilities, the necessary infrastructure and logistics management capabilities as well as technological tools for the management of refrigerated containers., which is a fundamental piece in the transfer and storage of vaccines, said the executive president, Jared Zerbe.

Meanwhile, the general manager of PSA Panama International Terminal, Alessandro Cassinelli explained that once again, the Panamanian Pacific will demonstrate its fundamental role in supply chain logistics for the Americas in the reception and distribution of the vaccine that will help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PSA Panama and PPC will cooperate in the design and equipment necessary to transport the containers with the vaccines between the terminals and the facilities..

The ports, too, provide operational experience to explore the capabilities of their current terminals to handle an increase in reefer containers for vaccines.