The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received coronavirus (COVID-19) donation from Turkey, including 500 face shields, 1,500 goggles, 497,900 masks and 69,330 coveralls.
"FEMA received a PPE donation from the Republic of Turkey for COVID-19 relief. We are grateful for the donation," said FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor on Twitter.
.@fema received a PPE donation from the Republic of Turkey for #COVID19 relief. We are grateful for the donation which included 500 face shields, 1,500 goggles, 497,900 masks & 69,330 coveralls. The supplies will be distributed to states in @FEMAregion3.https://t.co/eNhErfW2hl pic.twitter.com/9QNy6v87zJ— Pete Gaynor (@FEMA_Pete) May 11, 2020
In a statement, FEMA Region 3, which serves Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, said that the donation contained high-demand items.
The donation was flown to the United States via the U.S. Air Force and landed at Andrews Airforce Base in two shipments on April 29 and May 2.
The supplies from the donation will be pushed across the entire mid-Atlantic region, FEMA said.
Last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said some two-thirds of the nations of the world have requested medical supplies from Turkey to fight coronavirus and nearly half of these requests were met.
The countries included the worst-hit ones such as Italy, Spain, and the UK, while Turkey remains the world's third-largest provider of aid during the pandemic.Main opposition slams gov't for sending coronavirus aid abroad 'when Turkish people can't get masks'