There’s good news ahead for anybody who needs medical supplies and protective equipment. Over the weekend, millions of surgical masks, coveralls, gloves and more have finally landed in the country. With even more expected to arrive in the coming days, these supplies will help to cope with Canada's shortage of PPE.
While airlines are no longer flying passengers across the globe, many aircrafts are still in the sky, delivering essential supplies of medical gear to COVID-19 affected regions.
This weekend, six chartered flights have landed in Canada, bearing millions of surgical masks, N95 masks, gloves and coveralls.
The supplies, which will be distributed to health care workers across the country, have almost all arrived from China.
According to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Anita Anand, these efforts will help Canada to stay prepared.
"To date, we’ve received deliveries of more than 17 million surgical masks and as the Prime Minister said earlier this week, roughly 800,000 N95 masks were delivered to the provinces and territories last week."
"We also expect 1.1 million [masks] to reach them this week," Anand explained on Thursday.
Over the weekend, Canada received an additional 50,000 pairs of protective overalls, as well as two million N95 masks, which have been in short-supply since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.
UPDATE❗️ 3 ✈️s landed in 🇨🇦 in the last 24hrs from China w/ medical supplies for 🇨🇦’s frontline workers & to keep… https://t.co/pfa8gaNN94— Anita Anand (@Anita Anand)1587261578.0
On Saturday, Air Canada shared a photo of one of their Boeing 777 aircrafts travelling from Shanghai to Montreal. According to a tweet from the airline, the plane delivered more than 20 tonnes of masks.
Earlier this month, the Canadian airline committed to transforming a number of their passenger planes into cargo aircrafts, in order to help carry COVID-19 supplies across the globe.
On its way to Montreal from Shanghai, this transformed B777 took its maiden voyage! Redesigned to deliver more supp… https://t.co/9zre9Tv6K8— Air Canada (@Air Canada)1587255360.0
On Saturday, the Prime Minister confirmed that there are plenty more cargo flights en route to Canada.
"More shipments will be coming this weekend with additional medical supplies," he explained.
Update on personal protective equipment: Yesterday, two planes full of N95 masks and coveralls arrived in Canada. M… https://t.co/sdbabtDitd— Justin Trudeau (@Justin Trudeau)1587232397.0
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Canada, the country has experienced a shortage of several key supplies. One of the most significant is that of N95 face masks, a respirator that protects the wearer from airborne particles and other contaminators.
In fact, fake versions of the masks have even appeared online and in-stores, forcing health officials to speak out about the illegal equipment.
With even more supplies on the way to Canada right now, it's a hopeful sign that health care workers will soon have access to whatever they need!