DuPont has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and FedEx to provide expedited shipping of Tyvek garments needed in COVID-19 relief efforts.
The operation aims to accelerate the delivery of Tyvek personal protective equipment. FedEx will transport Tyvek roll goods from the Tyvek manufacturing plant in Richmond, VA to the company’s garment manufacturer in Vietnam. They will then return to the U.S. with finished Tyvek garments. This will enable additional Tyvek garments to be available even faster to support the COVID-19 relief efforts in the U.S.
This week, in coordination with FedEx, two initial shipments from Vietnam to the U.S. will carry over 450,000 Tyvek protective coveralls. In the weeks that follow, 500,000-plus Tyvek garments will be shipped each week.
HHS has contracted for these garments for the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile. The distribution of these PPE shipments throughout the U.S. will be managed by the FEMA Movement Control Team.
Since January, DuPont has worked with governments, non-profits, and suppliers to provide DuPont PPE to the global relief efforts for COVID-19. The company announced it has greatly increased our supply of Tyvek and Tychem garments to support the response to COVID-19 around the globe.
DuPont has fully activated 19 garment production facilities across nine countries to deliver more than nine million garments a month. These garments are being supplied through government agencies and commercial distribution channels.
“Since the COVID-19 crisis began, DuPont employees have been working 24/7 to provide protection to those that are protecting us through the pandemic. We are proud to be a partner in Project “Airbridge” with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and FedEx to help expedite the delivery of Tyvek protective apparel to the frontline responders who need it most,” stated David Domnisch, Global Business Leader, DuPont Personal Protection
FedEx will also operate several flights this week carrying PPE for Medline Industries Inc. from China to Illinois. Medline anticipates bringing 7 million facemasks, additional PPE and anesthesia supplies to the United States.