As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, FedEx Express is using its extensive global network and logistics resources to provide rapid transportation services for medical supplies destined to Wuhan, China.
The US express giant is working with related organisations, partners and customers and as part of these efforts transported the first batch of medical supplies from the US and Japan for its customers to the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) on 26/27 January.
These medical supplies include N95 masks, medical gloves, plastic goggles, disinfectant wipes and antibiotic. With the support from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Customs, FedEx swiftly completed the clearance of the shipments and China Post delivered the shipments to Wuhan on 27 January.
China Post donated its transportation and delivery services of epidemic prevention supplies to the organisations in Wuhan area designated by the Wuhan government. It is the first batch of medical supplies that FedEx has shipped through the distribution channels of China Post.
FedEx Express will also ship more than 200,000 surgical masks and personal protective equipment such as gowns and gloves from the US to its Asia Pacific Hub in Guangzhou, China to assist the humanitarian work of Direct Relief. FedEx is working closely with China Post, which is coordinating the movement of the supplies from Guangzhou into Wuhan, in order to deliver the relief as quickly as possible, it says.
Since 25 January FedEx has been assisting Medtronic in providing China’s medical organisations with medical equipment including the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenator (ECMO), medical ventilators and patient monitors.
The first batch of shipments of over 600 pieces of medical equipment and components has been transported quickly and safely to different locations from FedEx warehouse in Shanghai. The equipment has already been used treat patients infected by the coronavirus, according to FedEx.
“FedEx is using its longstanding relationships with humanitarian organisations and its global network to answer the call for much needed medical supplies to China,” says Karen Reddington, president, Asia Pacific, FedEx Express.
“We extend our sympathies to those directly impacted. We are glad we are able to provide support at a time when responsiveness is critical, working with multiple China and international partners,” she adds.