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Apr 30 2020

New batches of protective medical equipment for Denmark, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Greece as part of COVID-19 relief acquisitions


Luxembourg, 30 April 2020 - The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) continues to support Allied nations through key COVID-19 relief acquisition and transport, while drawing on economies of scale. This week, NSPA procured more than seven tons of protective medical equipment for Denmark, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Greece as part of NSPA's efforts to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus. The deliveries were airlifted from Shanghai to Luxembourg and were further transported to the four nations by road.


Luxembourg, 30 April 2020 - The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) continues to support Allied nations through key COVID-19 relief acquisition and transport, while drawing on economies of scale. This week, NSPA procured more than seven tons of protective medical equipment for Denmark, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Greece as part of NSPA's efforts to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus. The deliveries were airlifted from Shanghai to Luxembourg and were further transported to the four nations by road.

A first shipment of supplies arrived on Sunday (26 April 2020) at Findel Airport, Luxembourg. The cargo contained protective goggles, thermometers, face shields and nearly 200,000 masks for Denmark, and more than 50,000 masks and other protective equipment for Slovakia. Both shipments arrived safely to the respective final destinations on Tuesday.

The second cargo arrived containing protective goggles and more than 100,000 masks for Greece and nearly 65,000 masks and goggles for the Czech Republic arrived on 30 April.

The four NATO nations requested the material through the NATO Logistics Stock Exchange (NLSE), a cooperative logistics e-business platform developed by NSPA to assist nations and suppliers with item acquisition and management. NSPA procured the material and airlifted the supplies from Shanghai to Luxembourg via CargoLux Airlines, and from there onwards to their final destination.

New batches of protective medical equipment for Denmark, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Greece as part of COVID-19 relief acquisitions

The transportation was made possible thanks to the great cooperation between NSPA, the Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE), the Danish Joint Movement and Transportation Organization (JMTO) and the Luxembourg Ministry of Defence.

Supply chain disruptions, high demand for personal protective COVID-19 equipment, transport restrictions, fast changing documentary procedures and increasing complexity of customs processing are some of the challenges that countries are facing to acquire vital medical supplies. As of today, six NATO nations have benefited so far from the acquisition and transport assistance from NSPA, achieving logistics advantages and economies of scale. Future deliveries are scheduled in support to other NATO Allies.

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