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Mar 24, 2020

Coronavirus Update: New shipment of more than 3 million face masks, protective gear and 86 ventilators arrives in Hungary

Almost 70 tons of medical and protective equipment arrived in Budapest this morning. The new shipment includes more than 3 million face masks and 86 ventilators.

Almost 70 tons of medical and protective equipment arrived in Budapest this morning. As part of a joint purchase by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology and Semmelweis University, the new shipment includes more than 3 million face masks and 86 ventilators.

The Boeing 747 was received by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, László Palkovics Minister for Innovation and Technology, Béla Merkely, Rector of Semmelweis University and Duan Jielong, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. 

The fully loaded airplane brought, among other things, 86 ventilators, 100,000 items of protective clothing, 100,000 pairs of gloves, 100,000 tests and more than 3 million medical masks to Hungary.

Suparna's charter flight took off from Shenzhen on Monday afternoon after three days of preparation, including the weekend. 

The equipment was procured by the Semmelweis University on behalf of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology and their rapid delivery was made possible by close cooperation between Hungarian and Chinese organizations, authorities and companies. 

The essential products can now be used by domestic healthcare institutions to protect doctors, nurses, and treat patients in need of care.

The government is doing its utmost to increase supplies for health protection. In the near future, a new shipment of medical and protective equipment will arrive from China in Hungary.

A call center set up for advice on the coronavirus can be reached on +36-80-277-455 and +36-80-277-456 or by email koronavirus@bm.gov.hu