Thank you, Robert Kraft!
— NYPost_Cannizzaro (@MarkCannizzaro) April 3, 2020
New England Patriots’ team truck delivers 300,000 N95 masks to NYC after owner Robert Kraft flew them in from China
By The U.S Sun, April 3, 2020:
A NEW England Patriots truck with hundreds of thousands of N95 masks for health workers battling the coronavirus has arrived in New York City to help curb the crisis.
The 300,000-strong delivery was part of a shipment of more than one million masks the NFL team brought over from China in their branded jet.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family stumped up around $2 million of the $4 million bill, with Kraft saying he had a duty to help.
“In today’s world, those of us who are fortunate to make a difference have a significant responsibility to do so with all the assets we have available to us,” he said.
Kraft worked with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to make the gargantuan delivery of life-saving masks happen.
The majority will be distributed to healthcare workers in the state, but Baker and Kraft agreed to send 300,000 of them to the Javits Center in Manhattan, where there is a severe shortage of the masks.The truck departed Gillette Stadium on Friday morning along with a police escort, dropped off 100,000 masks in Rhode Island, then continued south to the city center to deliver more.The governor and the NFL team owner worked with a number of individuals, including China’s ambassador Huang Ping and the state’s COVID-19 Command Center, to make the mission possible, reports local network WCVB Boston.
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
The N95 mask filters out 95 per cent of air particles, meaning it can be the difference between life and death for doctors and nurses who are treating COVID-19 positive patients.
There has been a dire shortage of the masks, with US has scrambling to produce more of the PPE (personal protective equipment), and companies switching production lines to make the masks.Outdoor retailer Eddie Bauer is making both N95 and surgical masks, while clothing brands Gap, Neimann Marcus and Ralph Lauren are producing non N95 masks.
Other businesses have halted selling N95s to free them up for healthcare workers, such as Home Depot, which ordered all its 2,300 stores to stop stocking the face gear.
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