The New England Patriots are doing their part to help fight the coronavirus.
A Patriots team plane is used to fly 1.2 million N95 masks from China to the United States, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.
The aircraft was upgraded for international travel and a waiver was granted to crew members to avoid a 14-day quarantine in China if they did not leave the aircraft. The masks are expected to arrive in Boston Thursday.
The Kraft family paid $ 2 million – about half the total cost – to transfer the mask, reports Beaton, according to ESPN. The original order was 1.7 million masks, but the plane could only hold 1.2 million. The rest will be delivered in a second shipment.
“It is an honor for our family to be part of this humanitarian mission,” said owner Robert Kraft in a statement. “We knew that purchasing the much needed N95 masks and providing the Patriots’ plane to expedite their delivery to local hospitals would immediately help protect our brave health care professionals. Several public and private sector organizations, all working closely with Governor Charlie Baker visionary leadership, have worked together to carry out this mission with the goal of helping save lives.
“I really hope that by doing so, we can somehow inspire others to find creative ways to give more to support our doctors, nurses and first responders. It is nice to take care of those who provide such care with compassion.
According to Beaton, 300,000 masks will be sent to New York, which has more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than any other state in the country.