Face masks protect people from contracting and spreading viruses. Face masks that protect the mouth and nose are used during operations, in the ICU and everywhere it is necessary to reduce the spread of germs and protect patients from infectious diseases.
For this reason, medical and emergency personnel in particular need these masks.
However, they are frequently in short supply. In addition to that, their ability to provide protection is limited – they must be changed regularly.
For that reason, many in Hesse were relieved when, at the end of March 2020, DB Schenker was able to bring an impressive 2.8 million face masks into the country. Tarek Al-Wazir, the Hessian Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, and Kai Klose, the Minister for Social Affairs and Integration received the delivery at the Frankfurt Airport.
Tarek Al-Wazir, Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing
“We are very happy that Lufthansa Cargo was so quick to make a passenger jet available. Of course, we would also like to thank DB Schenker for handling the logistics.”
Valuable freight on the seats
The 12.7 tons worth of medical supplies were supplied by the medical device manufacturer B. Braun. Lufthansa Cargo workers in China packed the Airbus A330 with approximately 6,000 cartons. Because it was just a normal passenger jet, the boxes were also stowed on seats in the cabin as well as in the overhead compartments.
In Frankfurt, DB Schenker workers moved the cargo to pallets to be transported elsewhere. The Hessian government sent the majority of the masks to hospitals, emergency services and other institutions. They should help to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and protect patients.
Quick Reaction from the Logistics Specialists
“We are happy that we could acquire additional face masks for Hesse. When we discovered that the millions of face masks we had ordered from B. Braun Melsungen were in China waiting to be flown to Frankfurt, we saw about organizing swift transport to Hesse,” said the Minister of Economics, Tarek Al-Wazir and the Minister of Health, Kai Klose. “We are very happy that Lufthansa Cargo was so quick to make a passenger jet available. Of course, we would also like to thank DB Schenker for handling the logistics.”
“That’s how you #holdtogether in difficult times,” tweeted the Hessian Minister of Social Affairs and Integration on 28 March. “Thank you, @bbraun_de, @dbschenker and @lufthansa_cargo @StM_Klose @reghessen @sozialhessen @hmwevw @talwazir #coronavirus.”
Thorsten Meincke, the management board member responsible for air and ocean freight, stressed the logistics service provider’s existing ability to act: “With our own network of locations in almost 140 countries, and close partners across the world, our employees hold the supply chains together day and night. We are proud that we were able to show that once more in such an important delivery – medical products from B. Braun Melsungen.”