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Rafed and G42 Healthcare ink deal for transport and storage of COVID-19 vaccines


Rafed, a healthcare group purchasing organisation that is part of ADQ has signed an agreement with G42 Healthcare, a healthcare technology company, and a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi-based Group 42, to provide advanced services that include the provision of storage facilities for COVID-19 vaccines.

As part of the agreement between the two Abu Dhabi entities, WAM reported that Rafed will oversee 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 distribution centre is a dedicated pharmaceutical facility that can cater to all temperature band requirements, from +20 Cº storage for PPE and medical equipment, to -90 Cº deep freezer capabilities to predominantly cater for vaccine storage and handling.

Commenting on the agreement, Rashed Saif Al Qubaisi, Chief Executive Officer of Rafed, said: “As part of the efforts exerted to support the global supply of COVID-19 vaccines, this agreement is among the many big steps towards Hope 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.”

Rafed has also recently announced that the company signed a collaboration agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports to jointly launch the largest healthcare and medical supplies cold store distribution centre in the UAE.

Under the strategic collaboration agreement, Abu Dhabi Ports will deliver a state-of-the-art warehouse and inventory management solution for upstream, midstream, and downstream operations as Rafed’s fourth-party logistics service provider. The new distribution centre will be the largest, most technologically advanced centre in the UAE.

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