Obtaining PPEs and other critically needed supplies to battle COVID-19 has become a competition for the highest bidder. When the Irish government asked for support, celebrities and multinationals stepped up to cover the cost of medical supplies needed, culminating in a public-private partnership between some of Ireland’s biggest names, including rock superstar Bono. With the country facing a shortage of PPEs, PCH International, a global design manufacturing company based in Cork, helped procure 45 tons / 260cbm of PPE from China, including masks, gloves, goggles and ventilators. Avolon, a global aircraft leasing company, was asked to fly the material from China to Ireland. Agility was called upon for technical knowledge and on-the-ground support: Agility Singapore provided guidance on the updated regulations to export COVID-19 material out of China. The Agility Ireland team coordinated customs clearance and final-mile delivery to HSE, Ireland’s national health service.
Two chartered aircraft, an Airbus A330 and a B787-9 transported supplies intended to protect Ireland’s frontline workers. The supplies will go directly to hospitals in Ireland treating COVID-19 patients.