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Vale Completes Donation of 5 Million Rapid Test Kits & 16 Million PPE

Mining News - Published on Mon, 18 May 2020

Image Source: Vale Coronavirus Lockdown
The eleventh and final plane, with equipment purchased by Vale in China to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, landed on May 9th, at Guarulhos International Airport. The aircraft brought the last shipment, 250 thousand surgical aprons, which was donated to the federal government that is in charge of distribution to health facilities throughout the country. In just over 40 days, 5 million rapid test kits for virus detection and 15.8 million personal protective equipments, packed in 25,975 boxes weighing 308 tons, and equivalent to the weight of 308 popular cars, were delivered to the Ministry of Health. In addition to the rapid test kits, Vale donated a total of 2.54 million N-95 masks to the Ministry of Health, considered the most effective mask for workers exposed to contaminated environments; 10.7 million disposable surgical masks; 2.3 million aprons; 216,000 gloves; and 4.5 thousand protective eyewears.

By the end of the month, three more aircraft will have arrived from China, bringing kits and PPE to the six states where Vale operates MG, PA, MA, ES, MS and RJ. In total, almost 14.5 million pieces of equipment will be donated to these states. A further 5 million test kits will be added to the cargo, that were purchased by Brazilian banks with the logistical help of Vale in China, a country with which the company has had a partnership for almost 50 years.

In total, more than 600 tons of products will have been brought in the 14 planes, 12 freighters and 2 commercial planes. Altogether, the flights will total 266,926 kilometers, equivalent to 80 times the distance between Porto Alegre and Macapá, 314 hours of flight time. To bring in the cargo, Vale mobilized 116 employees from nine company divisions in Brazil and China.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 18 May 2020
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