As the well-documented Covid-19 pandemic continues to tighten its grip worldwide and the number of cases continues to climb, it has become clear that Spain is one of the worst affected countries in Europe.
A number of weeks ago, the Spanish government implemented the steps taken in many other nations by ordering a lockdown and enforcing social distancing measures to help curb the virus’ spread.
Part of its efforts to reduce the spread was to order in significant stocks of Personal Protection Equipment [PPE], which is essential to prevent frontline healthcare workers from contracting the virus when treating the infected.
The risks are made all the clearer looking at the statistics: 13 per cent of Spain’s cases are among healthcare workers. Safeguarding these workers has, therefore, become a priority one measure.
Horizon International’s office in Spain has been on the frontline of supporting the Spanish government’s efforts to protect frontline workers by bringing PPE stocks into the country.
Horizon International’s branch in Barcelona has proactively chartered 2 Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft in partnership with its Chinese base, to ensure 1000 cubic metres of PPE equipment arrives safely in Spain.
The resources include 2,000,000 protective face masks and 220,000 overalls, provided by Chinese suppliers.
The Horizon International team in Spain oversaw the customs clearance of the items and the distribution of the equipment to Spain’s health authorities, who were then able to forward on the essential supplies to hospitals and clinics where patients are being treated.
Horizon International's own report on its activities in Spain can be read here.