Last week, health professionals from the Catalan Health Institute began using a fleet of 180 Europcar cars and vans to transport vaccines and medical equipment to health centers, homes for the elderly, and homes in Catalonia, so that these vaccines can be administered to the population, while medical care can be provided to those affected by the virus.
The collaboration between the public organism, attached to the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya, and the Spanish subsidiary of Europcar Mobility Group has been ongoing since March, when the company gave free vehicles to its professionals during the first state of alarm. All of these rentals are flexible LongTerm Solutions that give the Institute the chance to pick-up vehicles when it needs, for how long it wants and in a fully flexible manner.
The Group is now offering this type of agreement to health institutions throughout Europe to facilitate the mobility of health professionals and vaccines to health centers and homes, given the difficulties that vaccination plans are presenting throughout the continent.
“We are happy to continue supporting the Catalan Institute of Health. During the first lock-down period, we made cars available for free in the framework of our 'Together' solidarity program," José Blanco, Group sales director, said in a statement. "Now, it’s a matter of supporting the fast delivery of vaccines and in this context, logistics are key, such as having a cars or vans at the right time and the right place. As a mobility services company, our Group has a 70-year history of service to the public as well as local and international companies. In all the countries where we do business, we are an integral part of the supply chain and operating models of many companies, especially in the distribution and logistics sector, but also for healthcare services, the police, social workers, and central and local governments, by renting them the vehicles they need when they need them. Throughout this period, we will do everything in our power to pursue this mission, with safety and flexibility: now, more than ever, we see our 'shared mobility' services as essential services.”