NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. –
Gloves, face masks and other COVID-19 supplies from Defense Logistics Agency Distribution are being flown to Nepal as part of the U.S. government’s effort to support the international pandemic response.
The first shipment of COVID-19 supplies left DLA Distribution Susquehanna in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, May 18 with 2 million surgical masks, over 950,000 face shields, 37,000-plus sets of medical gloves and over 45,000 other medical items. The supplies arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 22-23 and will protect thousands of health care workers there.
Planning is ongoing for additional flights for another $10 million in personal protective and medical equipment in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led effort. DLA Distribution San Joaquin in California also shipped COVID-19 test kits, N95 masks and oxygen concentrators to India April 28-30 on behalf of USAID.
USAID is one of several federal partners DLA has supported since the pandemic began. DLA Distribution has provided over $19 million in supplies to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Health and Human Services, as well as almost $14 million in COVID-19 supply storage and distribution support to the Veterans Health Administration.