Due to quarantine measures to deal with COVID-19, humanitarian actors continue to face access challenges impacting the implementation of their projects. Organizations require support to obtain permits that allow them to maintain activities in the field, and to guarantee the supply of fuel in their areas of operation.
The Cluster continues its coordination and support activities with information management, providing updates and reports in terms of logistics capacity, restrictions and access. This includes the publication of guidelines and mechanisms within the framework of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan. The Cluster supported the organization of the ECHO Humanitarian Airlift flights (co-sponsored by the European Union, Spain and Portugal) by disseminating and ensuring that the appropriate information reached interested organizations. The flight allowed the repatriation of vulnerable persons and humanitarian personnel, as well as the cargo transport of 79.1 tons of medical supplies, water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition and protective equipment for seven humanitarian agencies and organizations. The Cluster supported the compilation and dissemination of information for the repatriation flights organized by the Spanish Embassy and humanitarian flights organized by the World Food Program to Venezuela from the operational centers in Panama and Mexico.
Disruptions in the global supply chain, including restrictions on air and maritime traffic, and border closures, continue to impact the ability to procure supplies on a global scale. There have been common efforts to activate common transportation services and an interagency prioritization system for purchases of critical supplies within the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan. The closure of airspace and borders has made entry and exit conditions difficult for humanitarian personnel, especially for NGOs, affecting the development of their programs and the effectiveness of their response to the pandemic. The first flights, planned for August, organized and managed as part of the World Food Program's logistical support to the global response faced some initial challenges with paperwork to facilitate the movement of humanitarian personnel.