I am extremely pleased to see that vital supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health and care workers in Wales are arriving at Cardiff Airport today.
A chartered flight carrying 200,000 fluid resistant gowns will arrive from Cambodia, and is the first of two set to arrive this week. This will fill stocks of PPE for the NHS and social care staff in Wales. which will replenish vital supplies of gowns for the NHS and social care staff in Wales. At this time it is extremely important that we promote social justice and ensure that lower paid workers putting themselves in selfless support roles receive the equipment that they deserve as a basic right.
In total, 660,000 gowns will be flown in to Cardiff Airport on the flights, from Phnom Penh, in Cambodia and Hangzhou, in China.
Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, said:
“Since the start of the pandemic, we have been working very hard to make sure we continue to the right supply of PPE for Wales.
“I would like to thank Cardiff Airport, the military and the police for their support with this shipment of PPE, which will help to protect our frontline health and care staff.”
On Saturday, a shipment of 10m masks arrived from China. These will be used in the Welsh NHS and in social care settings but the Welsh Government has also provided mutual aid to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, added:
“Cardiff Airport is strategically important to Wales and the Welsh economy – it’s great to see it playing such an important role in maintaining vital supplies of PPE to our frontline health and social care workers.”