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Virgin Atlantic is set to deliver more than 43 million PPE items and medical supplies to the United Kingdom. Virgin’s cargo-only flights were chartered by Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS to delivery these critically needed supplies.
The chartered flights are between London Heathrow and Shanghai with each flight carrying 16 tons of medical supplies needed to the Coronavirus in the UK.
To date more than 150 tons of medical supplies were transported, including:
- 66 ventilators
- More than two million face masks
- 600,000 face shields and visors
- One million disposable gloves
- 38,000 items for eye protection
- 125,000 protective coveralls and isolation gowns
- More than 25,000 battery operated or manual ventilators
Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director, Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said: “We are so incredibly grateful for all the work our healthcare professionals are doing during this challenging time and we’re pleased we can play our part by bringing crucial medical supplies and PPE in to the UK for the NHS teams working on the front line.
“Despite a decrease in passengers travelling, demand to transport cargo remains strong, and our teams are working hard keeping global supply chains running and transporting essential supplies around the world. We’re looking forward to continuing to partner with the Department for Health and the NHS, working with them on daily flights from Shanghai to London throughout May, June and July transporting over 1,500 tonnes of supplies that the teams here in the UK urgently need to care for patients.”
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