UPS outlines support for US government in fight against Covid-19

By Rachelle Harry

To support the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic, UPS has increased its efforts in its work with the US President’s Coronavirus Taskforce, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State health agencies.

As part of these increased efforts, UPS and UPS Healthcare are working in collaboration with numerous businesses in the public and private sectors.

Today, UPS announced that it has stepped up its collaboration with FEMA and will provide supply chain services for the agency’s distribution of essential materials for healthcare workers — including respirators, medical masks, personal protective equipment (PPE) and gloves — across the US.

As part of the partnership, FEMA will gain access to UPS’s Worldport facilities in Louisville for the handling of critical shipments from overseas.

UPS chairman and chief executive, David Abney, explained: “UPS’s dedicated people, global network and public-private partnerships are creating a powerful combination for rapid deployment of protective equipment and test kits throughout the US and around the world.

“UPS Healthcare has the expertise and experience to move vital, life-saving medicines, medical devices, diagnostic specimens and supplies everywhere they are needed.”

UPS is also ensuring that medical equipment is sorted, processed and distributed as quickly as possible, through its work with US government agencies and businesses including:

Helping US state health agencies, including California, Georgia and Kentucky to secure and set up testing sites at select locations. Offering to support to other states including Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Henry Schein is utilizing UPS to distribute and monitor personal protective equipment to medical professionals as well as drive-through testing facilities across the US.

UPS is assisting McKesson by delivering PPE shipments onto military bases where military members and civilians returning from overseas are required to quarantine. UPS has also shipped PPE to pop-up testing sites on behalf of McKesson.

UPS Next Day Air services and UPS Ground shipping solutions to support the distribution of DuPont-manufactured supplies for drive-through testing centers throughout the US.

Pharmatech— UPS will ship the first 10,000 test kits today, with ongoing shipments ramping to 20,000 kits every Monday, Wednesday and Friday moving forward.

UPS will provide distribution services for 50,000 test kits a day. LetsGetChecked is releasing a two-part test in the U.S. that offers an immediate indication, followed by a full CLIA-certified laboratory test. Frontline healthcare workers will be prioritized.

UPS is providing logistics expertise to assist Everlywell with distribution of test kits to hospitals, community clinics, nursing homes, and organizations with healthcare workers on the front lines. Test samples will be overnighted to CLIA-certified laboratories and digital results will be available in 48 hours.

AmerisourceBergen is utilizing UPS to support the distribution of critical, life-saving medications to physicians, health systems and veterinary clinics so that patients can continue to receive the products – including chemotherapies, blood pressure medications and heart disease treatments – that they depend on.

UPS transports more than 3% of global GDP and about six percent of US GDP daily. UPS employees are proud of the business’s involvement with the President’s Coronavirus Taskforce.

UPS Healthcare provides healthcare-licensed distribution space, supply chain management, temperature-control packaging and shipping, storage and fulfillment of medical devices, labs and clinical trial specimens.

UPS Healthcare’s global infrastructure, monitoring and tracking capabilities, as well as its private data protection, are suited to help people on the frontline fight against the coronavirus and may also have potential in flattening the virus’ peak curve.

“The global UPS Healthcare team has mobilized in extraordinary ways around the world to bring all of our expertise, and highly specialized capabilities to serve the urgent needs of our healthcare and life science customers,” said UPS Healthcare president Wes Wheeler. “Our strength is our ability to be nimble in times of emergencies, whether natural disasters or pandemics, so we will continue to do our part to help us all through this challenge.”

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