UPS announced increased coordination with the President’s Coronavirus Taskforce, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and State health agencies.
UPS is helping U.S. state health agencies secure needed supplies and set up testing sites at state-designated locations. UPS is also working with Henry Schein, McKesson, and its other customers to facilitate movement of PPE and other needed materials from suppliers to testing centres and distributors all over the US. Additionally, UPS is moving new FDA approved rapid-response test kits to test sites across the country to help flatten the curve of the virus’s impact.
“UPS’s dedicated people, global network and public-private partnerships are creating a powerful combination for rapid deployment of protective equipment and test kits throughout the U.S., and around the world,” said UPS Chairman and CEO, David Abney. “UPS Healthcare has the expertise and experience to move vital, life-saving medicines, medical devices, diagnostic specimens and supplies everywhere they are needed.”
UPS announced a stepped up collaboration with FEMA to provide supply chain services for the agency’s distribution of PPE and necessary materials throughout the U.S., including respirators, N95 masks, and gloves for use by healthcare workers across the country. As part of the collaboration, FEMA will gain access to UPS’s expansive Worldport® facilities in Louisville for temporary staging of critical shipments from overseas.