The first plane full of medical supplies from China has landed in New York City to bolster its battle against the coronavirus.
According to White House adviser Jared Kushner, the first shipment of gloves, gowns, and masks, landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Sunday to be distributed in the tri-state area, which has been battling the largest COVID-19 virus outbreak in the United States. The shipment is one of 20 planeloads paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and scheduled to land in the city over the next month to address shortages of personal protective equipment.
“At President Trump’s direction we formed an unprecedented public-private partnership to ensure that massive amounts of masks, gear and other [personal protective equipment] will be brought to the United States immediately to better equip our health care workers on the front lines and to better serve the American people,” Kushner explained.
In total, the first shipment contained around 130,000 N-95 masks, 1.8 million surgical masks and gowns, 10.3 million gloves, and 70,000 thermometers. Most of the supplies are headed to hospitals, but the remainder will go to nursing homes filled with high-risk patients.
New York has been one of the hardest-hit states in the nation. As of Sunday, the state had more than 59,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 965 deaths.