Freight pilots are flying Covid-19 vaccines around the world — and calling for their turn to be vaccinated

Thousands of UPS and FedEx pilots have flown around the globe for months to deliver doses of Covid-19 vaccines, their landings broadcast as breaking news in the historic vaccination effort.

But many of those pilots have yet to receive the vaccines they’re transporting, because the aviation industry’s attempt to get freight pilots vaccinated early has struggled to gain traction as states take varying approaches to who can get immunized at each stage of the rollout. The average UPS pilot is 52 years old, an age group that is not yet eligible for vaccination in parts of the country.

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Freight pilots are flying Covid-19 vaccines around the world — and calling for their turn to be vaccinated

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