This afternoon a new plane with medical supplies from Shanghai (China) has landed at the Torrejón de Ardoz air base. The Airbus A400M of the Spanish Air Force was transporting two million surgical masks purchased by the Ministry of Health to face the COVID-19 crisis.
This material is destined for the regular flow of distribution that the Ministry of Health maintains between the autonomous communities and other organizations and through which it has distributed nearly 67 million masks since last March 10. An amount to which these two million more are now added.
The general secretary of Health, Faustino Blanco, and the division general Fernando García de las Hijas supervised the normal development of the discharge works.
More than 50 million masks for the CCAA
Specifically, between the 10th and 17th of April and the 17th of April, the Ministry of Health has distributed nearly 60 million units of different types of medical equipment such as protective equipment, detection tests or ventilation devices between the autonomous communities. The largest volume of distribution has been that of masks with more than 50.1 million.
The protective equipment sent to the Autonomous Communities includes, in addition to masks, nitrile gloves (about 27.7 million units have been distributed), protective glasses (218,476 units), divers (415,578 units), disposable gowns (312,553) hydroalcoholic solutions (262,371 units) and accessories such as leggings, hats and aprons (747,371 units).
To date, the strengthening of the National Health System also includes the sending to the Autonomous Communities of 3,203 ventilators and the distribution of nearly two million diagnostic tests for COVID-19.