The captain of the MH604 aircraft, Hamdan Che Ismail, who was responsible for delivering the country’s first batch of Covid-19 vaccine safely to our country, feels overjoyed to successfully complete this meaningful task.
The one-hour delivery process of vaccine is a throbbing moment for Hamdan Ismail. In the process of delivering the vaccine from Singapore to Malaysia, Hamdan Ismail must maintain the correct temperature inside the aircraft, so as not to affect that the effectiveness of the vaccines.
Hamdan Ismail, also the flight operations director of Malaysia Airlines, admitted that he felt a little nervous about this delivering task.
“When I thought about the Covid-19 vaccine supply on the plane, I was worried it could be damaged. Alhamdulillah, the vaccine has successfully arrived in Malaysia.”
“When I arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, I felt overwhelmed and excited because I have successfully delivered the vaccines to our country.” he told the reporter of Bernama.
Hamdan Ismail is from North Kelantan and has served Malaysia Airlines for 29 years. Flight MH604, which carried 312,390 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, landed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.07 am.
On the other hand, Malaysia Airlines Cargo Chief Executive Mohd Ibrahim also shared the challenges faced by the Malaysia Airlines Cargo team in managing and delivering the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine.
He said the team must have a complete plan to manage the vaccine to ensure the smooth delivery of the vaccine at each location.
“Since last August, when the vaccine was in the development stage, we were waiting for the completion of the clinical trials, and we have begun preparations.”
“We have to consider several factors including the temperature (where the vaccine is stored), the speed needed to manage the vaccine, etc.”
Ibrahim also pointed out that Malaysia Airlines Cargo has conducted sufficient training to manage these vaccines.