The Alliance say that international cooperation among Allies continues as normal as medical supplies and equipment are shared via several strategic airlift aircraft.
NATO say that a cargo aircraft carrying several tons of urgent medical supplies from China, including vital respirators and facemasks, landed at Pardubice airport in the Czech Republic on the evening of March the 30th to help combat the coronavirus.
“This was the third such transport flight to the Czech Republic in March under the NATO-supported Strategic Airlift International Solution – or SALIS – which provides NATO countries participating in the programme with access to transport aircraft. The Czech Government had tasked the mission. As on previous flights, special procedures were in place to ensure the safety of the aircrew, with no direct contact with ground crews allowed.”
On April the 1st, a Turkish Air Force A-400M cargo plane carrying medical supplies donated by Turkey reached Spain and Italy as part of Allied efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The aircraft landed first at Torrejón Air Base for further distribution of the supplies by the Spanish authorities. A further delivery of medical supplies from Turkey reached Pratica di Mare Air Base in Italy later that day. The medical supplies donated by Turkey to Spain and Italy consist of personal protection equipment and disinfectants, including 450,000 masks.”
They were sent in crates displaying – in Italian, Spanish and Turkish – the words of 13th century poet Jalaluddin Rumi: “There is hope after despair and many suns after darkness.”