21 Million Pieces Of Equipment Shipped To UK Hospitals From 20 Round Trip Flights To China.
The UK Government has flown over 21 million pieces of PPE and more than 1,000 ventilators to the NHS and Social Care Services from China over the last three weeks.
From April 2nd to 25th the UK Government has chartered 20 medical equipment flights back from China. These have included over 21 million pieces of PPE and more than 1,000 ventilators that have been bought and donated by the UK and the Chinese Government.
The British Embassy in Beijing has been working with the Department of Health to procure and source donations of medical equipment from China and deliver it to NHS hospitals and care homes all over the UK.
“I am delighted that we have been able to deliver huge quantities of lifesaving equipment for the NHS and our social care services.
Our strong trade relationship with our Chinese partners has meant that we have been able to source the right equipment and we have seen both UK and Chinese firms contribute to our joint fight against Covid-19.
We are working round the clock to bolster the NHS supplies and save lives and we are seeking further deliveries as a matter of urgency.” Dame Barbara Woodward, British Ambassador to China
The China Civil Aviation Authority granted the UK special permission to allow passenger routes to take cargo instead. 20 flights have been operated by passenger airlines British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, as well as various cargo operators and delivery specialists.
Almost 2.5 million of the PPE equipment has been donated by Chinese organizations Tencent, The British Chinese Community Zhejiang UK Association and Jaguar Land Rover.
The biggest donor so far whose equipment has already reached the UK is Bank of China, who has donated over 1.8 million pieces of PPE and 20 ventilators.
At the start of the Covid-19 crisis, the UK provided much-needed supplies to the people of Wuhan including goggles and gloves. UK firms that have donated equipment to China include AstraZeneca and GSK.
Regardless of how or where the Coronavirus originated, the faith in humanity has been restored by the generosity of people.
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