(Jan 29, 2020) WASHINGTON — Boeing will donate 250,000 medical-grade respiratory masks to Chinese health officials hoping to combat the spread of the coronavirus in Wuhan and Zhoushan, the company said Wednesday, after already providing about 25,000 masks to employees working in the region.
“Our thoughts continue to be with all those in China dealing with the health impacts related to the coronavirus,” Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said in a news release announcing the donation. “Through our donation, it is our hope that we can help limit the spread of this virus and ease the burden on local aid workers and medical personnel.”
Medical-grade masks have disappeared from shelves, and medical facilities have reported shortages of masks and other supplies as they work to control the outbreak. On social media, hospitals and health authorities have been issuing urgent requests for donations of basic supplies such as masks.
The central government has allocated emergency funding to buy supplies, but many basics have been hard to come by. At the beginning of the week, one surgical mask company said it had received orders for 80 million masks.
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Boeing committed a donation of 250,000 respiratory masks to address the spread of Coronavirus in Wuhan and Zhoushan, China. The first 115,000 of these masks arrived in Wuhan on a State Department flight early this week; an additional 9,600 arrived at Zhoushan Hospital on Feb. 6. Additional masks are being secured for donation. In addition to the donations, Boeing has sent more than 25,000 masks to employees across the region. This is being handled out of the Puget Sound office of Boeing Global Engagement.