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By Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group:

COVID-19 has turned out to be the largest global health crisis in 100 years. The disruptions to every aspect of society have been profound. Nearly everyone has experienced the impact of COVID-19 in myriad ways.

Undeniably, the novel coronavirus got off to a sizable head start, but we are closing the gap in this race toward normalcy. Fueled by the many successes and lessons learned thus far – along with our under- standing that we belong to one global community – we are gaining speed and now are in a position to finally take the lead.

The specific impact of the pandemic continues to vary by region, and every day seems to bring new realities. Still, the science is quickly being established, and there are some universal truths, including the fact that access to life-saving medicines and supplies is a critical element of ending this pandemic.

Now that we know what our fellow global citizens need, it is up to us to commit to the task of ensuring that they actually get what they need. A reliable, forward-looking supply chain with sufficient safe- guards is the backbone of this access, and we have important insights to offer to help us get there.

Together we can win this one, but we are not yet at the finish line. Just as importantly, when we do win, we need to prepare for the next race to avoid being caughtoff guard again. Let’s work together to ensure access, protect each other, and return back to normal.

Sincerely yours,

Frank Appel
CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group

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