Coronavirus is on the mind of Qatar Airways and Chinese Embassies.
Medical supplies donated by Chinese communities worldwide will be flown by Qatar Airways Cargo freighters through its global network of 170 destinations to its China cargo gateways in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau.
Qatar Airways Cargo delivered the first batch of critical medical relief aid to Shanghai on 2nd February 2020. The shipment included 100,000 medical-grade N95 respiratory masks and 2,700 medical-grade disposable latex gloves, providing essential protection to healthcare professionals working around the clock at hospitals in Hubei Province, the epicentre of the virus.
Under the relief programme by Chinese overseas communities, 700 kilogrammes of medical aid has already been donated by Chinese businesses and communities in Qatar alone.
The “Green Channel” initiative for complimentary air transportation was announced jointly by Qatar Airways and the Chinese Embassy in Qatar. Qatar Airways is the first international airline to volunteer emergency relief flight delivery.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are taking immediate actions to help alleviate the heartbreaking and devastating situation in China. We hope to make a positive contribution, leveraging our strengths as one of the world’s leading air cargo carriers and strong network of partnerships.”
“Along with the Chinese Embassy in Qatar coordinating relief aid efforts with local Chinese business organisations, we hope our combined efforts can help limit the spread of this virus, ease the burden on local medical personnel and make a meaningful difference.”