The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programs for UPS (NYSE: UPS), recently announced that they are providing free air transportation of over 2 million respirator masks and 11,000 protective coveralls to China to help combat the spread of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Working with MAP International and MedShare, two Georgia-based nonprofit global health organizations, the UPS operated flight is being coordinated through the Red Cross Society of China and the recipient organization Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with Project HOPE.

“The world needs strong public-private partnerships to help contain the spread of this deadly virus and The UPS Foundation is expanding their humanitarian relief network to support our partners in providing supply chain expertise and air transport. The UPS Foundation is a member of the Pandemic Supply Chain Network (PSCN) and the Private Sector Roundtable (PSRT) for the Global Health Security Group on Pandemic Preparedness. We have developed a global network of relief agencies to help bring aid to communities in crisis, in this case, to bring medical aid to healthcare workers in China,” said Mr. Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer.

This UPS humanitarian flight will address a critical shortage of personal protective equipment available in China and includes more than, 2 million respirator masks, 11,000 protective suits and 280,000 pairs of nitrile gloves.

The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in China. More than 9,700 cases have been reported and more than 200 people have died. The virus has been reported in more than 23 countries globally and there are five reported cases in the United States (all of whom are individuals recently returning from Wuhan, China).

“We are grateful to our partners MAP International and MedShare, along with generous product donors and PSCN and PSRT network partners Henry Schein, 3M and others, for helping UPS respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Working together, we hope to contain and help eradicate the epidemic,” Mr. Martinez continued.