New England Patriots’ Team Plane Bringing More Than A Million N95 Masks From China

Workers in protective gear load up more than a million N95 masks onto the New England Patriots team plane in Shenzhen, China.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered up his NFL team’s plane to make the much needed run for N95 masks

When it comes to the severe shortage of N95 masks, the New England Patriots are stepping up as champions.

The Wall Street Journal reports The NFL team’s plane has flown to Shenzhen, China where it was loaded with 1.2 million N95 masks.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has been complaining for weeks about the shortage of personal protective gear for his state’s healthcare workers.

It’s a similar cry you hear from other governors across the US who are frustrated by lack of supplies from the federal government’s stockpile.

These masks are crucial “personal protective equipment” (PPE) necessary for medical workers to safely fight COVID-19.

This has left individual states to try to source gear across the world.

Kraft Family Steps Up

The Kraft family who owns the New England Patriots offered up their team plane to pick up more than a million N95 masks from China.
The Kraft family who owns the New England Patriots offered up their team plane to pick up more than a million N95 masks from China.

Team president Jonathan Kraft offered up the team’s plane. The Wall Street Journal also reports the Krafts have paid $2 million, about half the costs to make this mission happen.

The Patriots’ plane had to be upgraded for international travel and a waiver to avoid a 14-day quarantine in China was granted if the crew did not leave the aircraft, according to WSJ.com.

Workers in protective gear load up more than a million N95 masks onto the New England Patriots team plane in Shenzhen, China.
Workers in protective gear load up more than a million N95 masks onto the New England Patriots team plane in Shenzhen, China.

It only stayed on the ground for three hours before turning around and heading back to the US.

The plane is due to arrive in Boston on Thursday afternoon. Politico reports  the state’s National Guard will transport the equipment to a strategic stockpile in Marlboro, Massachusetts.

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