MIAMI – Through its Solidarity Plane program, LATAM will continue to distribute vaccines throughout South America, providing a necessary lifeline to a continent struggling greatly with the spread of the virus.

As the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has continued, LATAM has transported over 23 million vaccines throughout its South American route network since the start of its program in December. 

The airline has done so by operating over 300 flights to Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. 

Additionally, LATAM’s infrastructure has helped to secure the safe transportation of vaccine doses that require specific temperatures to remote locations. 

These over 50 towns, including Easter Island, the Galapagos, and Iquitos must rely on air transport for the transportation of vaccines.

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Medical Equipment Transportation

In addition to vaccines, LATAM has transported a wide variety of medical equipment and resources to countries in which it operates through its CEIV Pharma (IATA) certification.

The medical resources include 1,400 organs and tissue, and the transfer of stem cells for ten people. 

In addition to the medical equipment, LATAM transported 1,300 healthcare professionals to help treat COVID-19 patients and meet the needs of the South American population.

COVID-19 has presented a unique challenge for countries to source personal protective equipment, vaccines, and healthcare workers. 

In a time in which leisure travel and passenger operations become difficult to sustain, the transportation of medical supplies and cargo, in general, has provided a lifeline to many airlines. 

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