Personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare staff has been delivered to RAF Brize Norton for distribution around the country.
Following an agreement between the UK and Turkey, 250,000 items of PPE have been delivered, say the Royal Air Force.
The shipment from Turkey includes 50,000 N-95 face masks; 100,000 surgical masks; and 100,000 protective suits.
The delivery by Turkey comes after 37 tonnes of UK aid was supplied by a British C-17 last month to those affected by the crisis on its border with Syria. The UK has also received 60 ventilator units from the German Army, say the MoD.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement:
“The delivery of this vital equipment will bring protection and relief to thousands of critical workers across the UK, as they bravely and tirelessly work to keep us safe. It is also a tribute to the strong bilateral ties with our ally Turkey, and I am immensely grateful for their kind gesture. As NATO Allies we can always depend on each other, whatever the threats we face.”
The supplies will be taken to a regional NHS distribution hub to be delivered to medical centres across the country.