FedEx Express carried out a second dedicated charter flight carrying critical medical aid to India on Monday, part of its ongoing relief efforts to support India’s fight against the recent COVID-19 surge.
On May 16, more than 780 oxygen concentrators, over 1.8 million KN95 masks, medicines and pharmaceutical supplies were unloaded from a FedEx B777F charter flight in New Delhi (DEL), India.
These supplies were provided by Direct Relief and will ultimately be delivered to healthcare facilities across India. This is in addition to the first FedEx donated charter flight that arrived on May 9, which transported more than 3,400 oxygen concentrators, converters, and nearly 265,000 KN95 masks for Direct Relief to Mumbai (BOM), India. Both charters originated in Newark (EWR), New Jersey.
“Never before has our industry been so essential,” says Kawal Preet, president, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa Region, FedEx Express. “In the face of the devastating crisis in India, we have an important purpose of helping to ensure our team members and their communities receive as much support as possible.
“We are deeply committed to moving the world forward in times like this, and we are extremely grateful to be able to maximise our resources and extensive network to assist in the shipment of critical relief supplies to help communities fight against the virus,” Preet adds.
FedEx is also supporting the transportation of over 25,000 oxygen concentrators and converters through an initiative with the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum and other multinational companies.
FedEx says it will continue to work with customers and non-profit organizations including Direct Relief, to deliver life-saving medical supplies to the vulnerable people and communities in India in the days and weeks ahead.
Since the start of the pandemic, FedEx Express has transported nearly 90 kilotons of personal protective equipment, including more than 2.2 billion masks worldwide.
FedEx is currently delivering COVID-19 vaccines, related ingredients, and supplies to more than 25 countries around the world. The company has moved more than 12,000 COVID-19 humanitarian aid shipments since January 2020, and committed USD 4.0 million in cash and in-kind transportation support to help non-profits, including Direct Relief and International Medical Corps, distribute COVID-19 vaccines to under-resourced communities around the world.