Last updated on December 30, 2020
Mexico City, Mexico — The fourth shipment of medical supplies from China landed in Mexico City Sunday night. The Aeroméxico flight landed in Mexico City from Shanghai, China, bringing with it 1,257 boxes of medical supplies that contain 3 million surgical masks as well as 300 boxes of goggles, reported the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard.
“Today is the fourth scheduled flight of the Mexico-Shanghai airlift with more medical supplies to complement the national supply and protect the health workers who face the Covid-19,” he said on social media.
According to the Mexican consulate in Shanghai, due to local operational restrictions, the plane could only remain on the tarmac for three hours, leaving airport and logistics personnel to rush unload the plane. Due to sanitary restrictions, the crew did not disembark or have direct contact with Mexican ground staff, except for the health personnel who collected health statements.
Another 15 flights from different countries with more medical supplies are expected in the following weeks. Ebrard noted that on Tuesday, another flight from China with 200 respirators will arrive in the country to serve patients hospitalized for coronavirus.
On Saturday, an Aeroméxico Dreamliner plane arrived at the AICM with 192,400 surgical masks for IMSS health personnel. The shipment was received by the director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) Zoé Robledo, and Marta Delgado, undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs of the foreign ministry.
“We are very grateful to the chancellery. This material is uploaded to our trucks to go directly to the states. This goes to entities where there are more confirmed cases, more hospitalized or more suspected cases,” Zoe Robledo told the press.
Last week, the Asociación de Gobernadores de Acción Nacional (GOAN) publicly rejected the made in China medical supplies being delivered by the federal government due to their exceptionally poor quality.