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Abu Dhabi Ports launches blockchain-based system to ensure safe distribution of COVID-19 vaccines

Abu Dhabi Ports launches blockchain system for COVID-19 vaccines
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Abu Dhabi Ports (ADP) has launched ‘mUnity’, a blockchain-based system to ensure full visibility, safety and security and tamper-proof distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

In a statement, ADP said the system will be fully utilised by the Hope Consortium, an Abu Dhabi-led public-private partnership tasked with vaccine distribution.

mUnity has been developed by Maqta Gateway, ADP’s digital technologies subsidiary and founding member of the Hope Consortium.

It is a propriety custom-built digital system that employs blockchain technology to track and trace vaccine sourcing, storage, shipment and all related data in real time at every stage.

The system features robust end-to-end visibility of every vaccine, starting from the manufacturing facility, to when they arrive at vaccination centres in the UAE and other destinations worldwide.

Based on the availability of data, the system, has the capability to track individual vaccine doses up until the time of the administration of the dose.

ADP said the system will be a secure and flexible solution that can scale to hundreds of millions of transactions for up to 18 billion vaccine doeses

Omar Najim, Executive Office Director at the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, said: “With the launch of mUnity, the Hope Consortium, from its hub in Abu Dhabi, continues to cement its position as a premiere platform for helping the world overcome the global pandemic safely and effectively.

“With the global demand already outstripping available supplies, vaccines are becoming not only a precious commodity from a healthcare value perspective, but also from financial and security point of view.

“mUnity will provide an added layer of protection thereby ensuring that vaccines arrive in the right place, at the right time, to the right people and in the right conditions.

“Transporting, storing and delivering vaccines is one of the most challenging and specialized logistical processes in normal circumstances. With the pandemic, the Hope Consortium is taking on the added challenge of managing complexities of transporting the much-needed COVID-19 vaccines, due to their strict temperature requirements.

“Maqta Gateway’s solution allows all Consortium partners to maintain visibility and drive vital decisions on temperature integrity, demand planning and security of vaccines, wherever they are in the world.”

Noura Al Dhaheri, Head of the Digital Cluster at Abu Dhabi Ports and CEO of Maqta Gateway, said: “mUnity is built upon the tried and tested digital technology that we developed originally for managing marine shipments and port communities.

“In order to manage the safe and secure distribution of vaccines worldwide, mUnity incorporates blockchain technology, which enables efficient management of data, transparency, and also provides sophisticated defense against the threat of criminal activity.

“With mUnity, Maqta Gateway serves as a key enabler of one of the world’s largest supply chain efforts of its kind to date, supporting the Hope Consortium in the timely and equitable global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

“The system has managed and tracked all COVID-19 vaccine supplies delivered to, and through, Abu Dhabi so far, and serves as an example of how Abu Dhabi’s public-private partnership is helping solve the challenges of the global pandemic.”

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