Coronavirus response: Turkey delivers medical aid to the US

  • 28 Apr. 2020 -
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  • Last updated: 30 Apr. 2020 13:22

On 28 April 2020, an A-400M military aircraft from the Turkish Air Force, which took off from the Etimesgut Airfield in Ankara (Turkey) to deliver critical medical supplies to the United States, landed at the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, as part of ongoing Allied efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. A second Turkish military aircraft carrying medical supplies to the United States left Ankara today.

The assistance consisted of surgical masks, overalls, disinfectant, goggles, N-95 masks and face shields.

This emergency delivery was made possible by the use of NATO’s Rapid Air Mobility (RAM) measures and granting of priority handling by EUROCONTROL, which handles the flow of all air traffic over Europe.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Turkey has provided assistance to 55 countries, including 15 NATO Allies and 21 NATO partner countries.

Allied solidarity in response to COVID-19 takes place in different forms, through bilateral assistance as well as through the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre.