Patriots Did What The Federal Government Couldn’t, Deliver 1.2 Million N95 Masks From China
On Wednesday morning, the New England Patriots’ Boeing 767 brought 1.2 million N95 masks from Shenzhen, China, to the United States.
The Wall Street Journal reported the story; this transfer happened after multiple global negotiations. The Massachusetts governor, Charlie Baker, reached out to Jonathan Kraft, the Patriots team president, for his help in acquiring the masks. They teamed up with the Chinese Government and brought home 1.2 million N95 masks.
Robert Kraft is using the New England Patriots team plane to transport one million N95 masks from China directly to Massachusetts hospitals.
The plane will arrive in Boston full of personal protective equipment this afternoon.
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) April 2, 2020
According to the Journal; An upgrade for international travel and waiver was required for the Patriots’ plane to avoid a 14-day quarantine in China. It was approved as long as the crew did not leave the aircraft. The aircraft was allowed in China, on the ground for only three hours.
In the tweet below, the Massachusetts governor was very appreciative and gave a huge thanks to the Krafts and other dedicated partners;
No days off. Thanks to some serious teamwork, Massachusetts is set to receive over 1 million N95 masks for our front-line workers. Huge thanks to the Krafts and several dedicated partners for making this happen. pic.twitter.com/ieV6XMC5Ow
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) April 2, 2020
New York state will get three hundred thousand of those masks, where there are more than 83,000 coronavirus cases, the most in the country. Massachusetts has more than 7,700 coronavirus cases, and more than 120 people have died due to the virus.
According to federal health officials, there are between 3.5 billion and 7.3 billion masks that could be needed, depending on the severity of the outbreak. It is critical to get theses masks to healthcare workers who are treating infected patients to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. The United States, unfortunately, has a severe shortage of masks.
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