UPS is significantly ramping up efforts to support US efforts to fight the rapidly growing COVID-19 contagion in the country.
UPS Healthcare and UPS operations all over the world are working in coordination with the President’s Coronavirus Taskforce, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State health agencies in cooperation with global companies to transport testing kits, personal protection equipment (PPE) and medical devices needed in support of public safety and to speed diagnosis and therapy for COVID-19.
“UPS’ dedicated people, global network and public-private partnerships are creating a powerful combination for rapid deployment of protective equipment and test kits throughout the US and around the world,” says UPS chairman and CEO, David Abney. “UPS Healthcare has the expertise and experience to move vital, life-saving medicines, medical devices, diagnostic specimens and supplies everywhere they are needed.”
UPS today announced a stepped up collaboration with FEMA to provide supply chain services for the agency’s distribution of PPE and necessary materials throughout the US, including respirators, N95 masks, and gloves for use by healthcare workers across the country. As part of the collaboration, FEMA will gain access to UPS’s expansive Worldport facilities in Louisville for temporary staging of critical shipments from overseas.
Additionally, UPS is working with an array of government agencies and companies to support swift transportation of test kits, PPE, supplies and medical devices, with particularly noteworthy examples including: Helping State Health Agencies, including California, Georgia and Kentucky, secure and set up testing sites at select locations.
It is also offering to support to date to other states including Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Henry Schein is utilising UPS to distribute and monitor personal protective equipment to medical professionals as well as drive-through testing facilities across the US.
UPS is assisting McKesson by delivering PPE shipments onto military bases where military members and civilians returning from overseas are required to quarantine. UPS has also shipped PPE to pop-up testing sites on behalf of McKesson.
UPS Next Day Air services and UPS Ground shipping are also being tapped to support the distribution of DuPont-manufactured supplies for drive-through testing centers throughout the US;
UPS will ship the first 10,000 test kits today, with ongoing shipments ramping to 20,000 kits every Monday, Wednesday and Friday moving forward.
UPS will also provide distribution services for 50,000 test kits a day. LetsGetChecked is releasing a two-part test in the US that offers an immediate indication, followed by a full CLIA-certified laboratory test. Frontline healthcare workers will be prioritised.
UPS is providing logistics expertise to assist Everlywell with distribution of test kits to hospitals, community clinics, nursing homes, and organisations with healthcare workers on the front lines. Test samples will be overnighted to CLIA-certified laboratories and digital results will be available in 48 hours.
AmerisourceBergen is also utilising UPS to support the distribution of critical, life-saving medications to physician offices, health systems and veterinary clinics so that patients can continue to receive the products – including chemotherapies, blood pressure medications and heart disease treatments – they depend on.
“UPS is a significant part of the fabric of the global economy. The company transports more than three per cent of global GDP and about six per cent of US GDP daily.
UPS Healthcare provides extensive services ranging from healthcare-licensed distribution space, supply chain management, to temperature-control packaging and shipping, storage and fulfillment of medical devices, labs and clinical trial specimens.
With capabilities for GDP- and GMP-compliant transport of critical shipments, UPS Healthcare’s global infrastructure, monitoring and tracking capabilities, and private data protection are well-suited to help those on the front lines to flatten the curve of this virus’s impact.
“The global UPS Healthcare team has mobilised in extraordinary ways around the world to bring all of our expertise, and highly specialised capabilities to serve the urgent needs of our healthcare and life science customers,” adds UPS Healthcare president Wes Wheeler.
“Our strength is our ability to be nimble in times of emergencies, whether natural disasters or pandemics, so we will continue to do our part to help us all through this challenge.”