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Coronavirus response: 56 tonnes of medical supplies arrive in Poland

NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

12 May. 2020

A NATO-supported Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) flight landed in Wroclaw, Poland on Monday (11 May 2020). It carried 56 tonnes of face shields and protective gowns to support Poland's efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The SALIS-chartered AN-124 aircraft took off from Tianjin, China and marks the third SALIS mission requested by Poland's Ministry of National Defence. In total, Poland has airlifted 170 tonnes of medical supplies through this programme.

NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu welcomed the ongoing efforts, saying: "NATO Allies and partners stand together in solidarity in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through NATO, Nations have been helping each other to save lives. The strategic airlift of urgent medical equipment is one of the many capabilities we are deploying to respond to this common challenge."

This is the eleventh mission completed by SALIS in support to NATO Allies. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) manages the SALIS programme as part of NATO's strategic airlift capabilities. The SALIS programme provides assured access to five large Ukrainian AN-124 aircraft. NSPA's contract with Antonov Logistics SALIS also provides access to AN-22, AN-225 and IL-76 Chap IV aircraft.

As part of NATO's efforts to help countries to fight the coronavirus pandemic, NSPA is helping Allies meet their needs for medical equipment in a time of transport restrictions. Last week, NSPA purchased and arranged the delivery of more than 18 tonnes of protective medical equipment for Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Romania and Greece, in efforts to help contain the spread of the virus.

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