Another Huge PPE Shipment Flown to NH for Hospitals

A FedEx cargo plane arrived at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport with 4.5 million masks

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, center, speaks to reporters as N.H. National Guard Major General David Mikolaities, left, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., right, look on, April 12, 2020, at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, in Manchester, N.H.
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More than 110,000 pounds of personal protective equipment has landed in New Hampshire Thursday afternoon, thanks in part to inventor Dean Kamen.

A FedEx cargo plane carrying about 4.5 million masks that will be sent both to hospitals in the Granite State and Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country has landed at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

The plane took off from Shanghai, China, Wednesday night and made a customs stop in Anchorage, Gov. Chris Sununu's office said.

"When VA Secretary Robert Wilkie reached out to me, I knew this was a mission New Hampshire could take on," Sununu said in a statement. "We owe those on the front lines taking care of our veterans the protection they deserve."

The PPE shipment was secured partly with the help of New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen. It's the third such shipment to arrive in the state.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement that the department is proud to work with New Hampshire in securing PPE for their hospitals.

"Governor Sununu and his team are demonstrating the spirit of service that should serve as an example to all Americans," Wilkie said.

The VA plans to reimburse New Hampshire for the masks they receive, officials said.

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