Boeing Uses Three Dreamlifters to Transport PPE from China to USA

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Boeing deployed three Dreamlifter aircraft to
transport more than 150,000 protective eye goggles and face
shields from China to the United States on Monday.

Boeing worked in partnership with the Medical
University of South Carolina (MUSC) to deliver the personal
protective equipment (PPE) to frontline health care professionals
in the MUSC system.

“This delivery puts essential personal
protective equipment in the hands of South Carolina’s frontline
health care professionals and helps MUSC further support the
community during the COVID-9 pandemic,” said Boeing President and
CEO, Dave Calhoun. “I am incredibly proud of our Boeing team
members throughout the world for their work to help stop the
spread of COVID19 and thankful for our government and industry
partners that have joined us in the pandemic response.”

The MUSC Health team will use the PPE as they
support the revitalization of the economy and ramp-up COVID19
community outreach efforts, including diagnostic testing and
antibody testing, across South Carolina.

MUSC Health, under the
guidance of the South Carolina Legislature and in partnership with
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
(DHEC), has established mobile screening and collection sites in
rural and underserved areas.


Boeing deployed three Dreamlifter aircraft to transport more than 150,000 protective eye goggles and face shields from China to the United States on Monday. Click to enlarge.

The mobile setup allows health care providers to
rotate sites, reaching people experiencing barriers to health care
access for COVID19 screening. Rural and underserved communities
have experienced disparities in access to COVID19 screening,
testing, prevention and treatment in South Carolina and across the
U.S.

The MUSC Health team leading this effort were the
first in the U.S. to launch a combined virtual urgent care
platform and drive-through specimen collection site. They are now
bringing a version of this successful model to the communities
that need it most.

“On behalf of our entire MUSC family, I’d like to
extend a heartfelt thank you to the Boeing team for helping to
make today’s critical PPE shipment possible,” said MUSC President,
David J. Cole, M.D., FACS. “These goggles and face shields will
allow us to continue to expand our ability to test and monitor for
COVID-19 as businesses and communities start to move forward.
Increasing access to testing in the areas of greatest need
throughout our state is an essential part of this work. We must
continue to protect our most vulnerable populations. Boeing and
MUSC have a longstanding partnership, and today’s delivery is yet
another example of two great South Carolina institutions coming
together in support of our local community.”

Similar to previous airlift missions flown by the
Dreamlifter – a converted Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter –
the medical cargo was transported in the lower lobe of all three
aircraft, while 787 component parts were flown in the main deck
cargo hold. Boeing donated the cost of the mission transport, with
Atlas Air operating the flights on behalf of Boeing.

Boeing has
scheduled additional flights, to deliver a total of 400,000 units
of PPE to MUSC, in the near future.

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