Plane Carrying 10 Million Face Masks From China Lands In The UK
A charter flight carrying essential personal protective equipment (PPE) and NHS supplies has landed in Scotland.
The cargo, which included around 10 million face masks as well as infusion pumps for Intensive Care Units and virus collecting kits for use in health laboratories, landed at Glasgow Prestwick Airport from China on Saturday morning.
The equipment was ordered by the Scottish Government who will now focus on distributing the supplies.
Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee said: "Scotland's health and social care system is facing unprecedented demand.
"Protecting staff working on the frontline is an absolute priority which is why we have been working at pace with the NHS and manufacturers both in Scotland and internationally to improve and increase the supply of PPE.
"This charter flight, carrying additional equipment ordered by the Scottish Government, is significant and we will be focusing the distribution of these supplies to health and social care settings over the coming days.
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"In these incredibly challenging times the Scottish Government will continue to do all it can to make health and social care staff feel as safe as possible in their workplace."
Jim Miller, Director of Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities at NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), said:
"This delivery is the result of a painstaking collective effort involving multiple partners working together to provide our NHS and social care colleagues with the PPE they need to keep them safe.
"Together with supply partners and Scottish Government, NSS continues to work 24/7 to source and supply the PPE that Scotland needs to fight COVID-19."
The masks are Type IIR which are fluid resistant and they will be distributed across health and social care settings. The Virus Collection and Transport Medium (VTM) Kits will be for use within health board laboratories.
Stewart Adams, chief executive at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, said: 'While the coronavirus pandemic has meant the vast majority of commercial aircraft has been grounded, we're continuing to operate our specialist freight-handling services in order to play an important part in supporting Scotland's key workers during this difficult time.
"The PPE which we are receiving from China will be processed quickly so that this vital delivery can make its way to those who need it most, as soon as possible."
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