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.
The arrival tonight of a large shipment of N95 masks on the @Patriots“The plane was an important step in our work to provide front-line workers with the equipment they need.
And this is an example of how collaboration and partnership can lead to real solutions in these difficult times. pic.twitter.com/THwofdrTlt
– Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) April 3, 2020
“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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