New England Patriots send jet to deliver 1.2 million N95 masks from China to hospitals in Boston and New York

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While Andrew Cuomo is organizing New York’s defense against the coronavirus, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has worked to equip metropolitan areas like Boston with the supplies necessary for an effective COVID-19 response.

Baker asked NFL New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft to use the Super Bowl team’s Boeing 757 to pick up more than a million N95 masks from China – and a second another 500,000 cargo will arrive next week.

What is perhaps even more inspiring is that in addition to Massachusetts, 300,000 masks were also picked up for delivery to New York.

(Such a feat could have been incredible if it were a Boston Red Socks plane instead of a Patriots plane – while the NY Yankees are such fierce baseball rivals in Boston.)

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As of this writing, Massachusetts has registered 11,000 COVID cases in the state.

Governor Baker described the company in a tweet as “no days off” and noted that the masks would go to front line health workers.

Kraft said that refueling and returning to the United States was “probably the most difficult operation our organization and our team have ever had to do,” CNN said Thursday evening.

“There was a lot of paperwork, but a lot of people cooperated,” he said. “We had three governors. We had a lawyer from China, our crew who probably stole more hours than they should, but they knew how important it was. And, you know, it’s just – it’s like doing your job and never taking time off when something is really important. “

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