UK military personnel have delivered the first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines to Gibraltar.
A Royal Air Force A400M transport aircraft brought six cold cases of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to RAF Gibraltar, enough for nearly 6,000 jabs.
The vaccines were flown from RAF Brize Norton on behalf of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
Throughout the flight, they were kept at -70c in temperature-controlled packaging with 10kg of dry ice on board.
On arrival, they were handed over to members of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and rapidly transported to St Bernard’s Hospital.
The vaccine is due to be given to Gibraltar’s frontline workers and the most ‘at-risk’ members of the Gibraltar population.
Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey said: “The UK Armed Forces have stepped up to support British nationals, wherever they are, since the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Following the RAF’s delivery of thousands of vaccines this weekend, the airmen and women, sailors and soldiers of British Forces Gibraltar are working together to get the lifesaving jab into British arms as quickly as possible.”
Alongside the delivery of the vaccine, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and other military personnel based in Gibraltar will be held at readiness to provide logistical assistance to the Government of Gibraltar (HMGoG) in response to the pandemic.
This follows a similar deployment last March when Armed Forces personnel provided logistical support to the delivery of PPE and medical advice.
Commodore Steve Dainton, Commander British Forces Gibraltar, said: “The arrival of the vaccine in Gibraltar tonight is the culmination of a lot of hard work by British Forces Gibraltar personnel, who worked relentlessly alongside RAF, FCDO and HMGoG colleagues to make this happen.”
Support to Gibraltar forms part of Operation Broadshare, the UK Armed Forces’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic overseas.
Cover image: A Royal Air Force A400M delivers the first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines to Gibraltar (Picture: MOD).