Two billion items of PPE have been delivered to NHS and social care staff across the UK since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government has announced today.
Amid unprecedented global pressures on supply chains, 341 million masks, 313 million aprons, four million gowns and 1.1 billion gloves have been delivered to frontline workers thanks to the efforts of government, NHS, industry and the armed forces to massively scale up distribution networks.
Almost 28 billion items of PPE have been ordered overall from UK-based manufacturers and international partners to provide a continuous supply in the coming months.
This will help protect our hardworking NHS and care staff, allowing them to continue to save lives and provide high-quality care to those who need it.
This was a vital condition in order to safely ease the lockdown and start to bring some normality back to people’s lives.
Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, said: “Coronavirus has placed unprecedented global demands on PPE supply chains. To tackle this we set a national challenge calling on companies to channel their manufacturing power into manufacturing much-needed PPE, and brought in Lord Deighton who has truly delivered once more for his country.
“Two billion items of PPE have now been delivered to the frontline, and a further 28 billion items sourced, that will protect frontline workers well into the future.
“It is thanks to the herculean effort from UK industry, the NHS and departmental teams, our diplomatic teams abroad, and the armed forces that we have now hit this impressive milestone.”