UPS collaborates with global customers to transport Covid-19 related medical aid
UPS is working 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.
March 31, 2020: UPS is working 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. It has announced an unprecedented increase in efforts in coordination with the US president's Coronavirus Taskforce, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and state health agencies.
UPS Healthcare and UPS operations all over the world are working with many companies and agencies across the public and private sectors.
"UPS's 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," said 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 U.S., 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 the 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, State Health Agencies, Henry Schein, McKesson, DuPont, Pharmatech, LetsGetChecked, Everlywell, and AmerisourceBergen.
UPS transports more than three percent of global GDP and about six percent of US GDP daily. "The global UPS Healthcare team has mobilized in extraordinary ways around the world to bring all of our expertise, and highly specialized capabilities to serve the urgent needs of our healthcare and life science customers," said 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."