UPS mobilises against the coronavirus in collaboration with global customers and US agencies

UPS-managed Project Airbridge flights delivering more than 1.35MM kg of materials including masks, surgical gowns, gloves, medical swabs and thermometers in high-demand areas within the US healthcare system

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  • Working with global companies to transport the testing kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical devices needed to support public safety measures and speed diagnosis and therapy for COVID-19
  • Supporting FEMA, Project Airbridge, and other government agencies with supply chain and shipping services for respirators, test kits, and personal protective equipment (PPE) across the US.
  • Helping US state health agencies secure the required supplies and set up testing sites at state-designated locations
  • UPS is also working with Henry Schein, McKesson, and other valued customers to facilitate the movement of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other required materials from suppliers to testing centers and distributors all over the US.
  • Assisting DuPont, and numerous other companies such as Uline, Grainger and Taylor Corporation, with the logistics and transportation of supplies for drive-through test centres
  • Distributing critical, life-saving medications to physician offices, health systems and veterinary clinics in support of AmerisourceBergen
  • Moving new FDA approved rapid-response test kits to test sites across the country to help flatten the curve of the virus impact

UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced an unprecedented increase in efforts in coordination with the President's Coronavirus Taskforce, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and State health agencies. UPS Healthcare and UPS operations all over the world are working with numerous companies and agencies across the public and private sectors."UPS' dedicated people, global network and public-private partnerships are creating a powerful combination to ensure rapid deployment of protective equipment and test kits throughout the US, and around the world," said UPS Chairman and CEO, David Abney. UPS Healthcare has the expertise and experience to move vital, life-saving medicines, medical devices, diagnostic specimens and supplies everywhere they are needed.

UPS today announced a stepped up collaboration with FEMA to provide supply chain services for the agency's distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and materials required throughout the US, including respirators, N95 masks, and gloves for use by healthcare workers across the country. As part of the collaboration, FEMA will gain access to UPS' expansive Worldport® facilities in Louisville for temporary staging of critical shipments from overseas.

Additionally, UPS is working with an array of government agencies and companies to support swift transportation of test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), supplies and medical devices, with particularly noteworthy examples including:

State Health Agencies:
Helping US state health agencies, including California, Georgia and Kentucky, secure and set up testing sites at selected locations. Offering to support other states including Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Henry Schein:
UPS is distributing Henry Schein's personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical professionals as well as drive-through testing facilities across the US.

UPS is assisting McKesson by delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) shipments to military bases where military personnel and civilians returning from overseas are required to quarantine. UPS has also shipped personal protective equipment (PPE) to pop-up testing sites on behalf of McKesson.

UPS Next Day Air® services and UPS® Ground shipping solutions to support the distribution of DuPont-manufactured supplies for drive-through testing centres throughout the US.

UPS will ship the first 10,000 test kits today, with ongoing shipments ramping up to 20,000 kits every Monday, Wednesday and Friday moving forward.

UPS will provide distribution services for 50,000 testing kits a day. LetsGetChecked is releasing a two-part test in the US that offers an immediate indication, followed by a full CLIA-certified laboratory test. Frontline healthcare workers will be prioritised.

UPS is providing logistics expertise to assist Everlywell with the distribution of testing kits to hospitals, community clinics, nursing homes, and organisations with healthcare workers on the front line. Test samples will be overnighted to CLIA-certified laboratories and digital results will be available within 48 hours.

UPS is supporting AmerisourceBergen's distribution of critical, life-saving medications to doctors' surgeries, health systems, and veterinary clinics so that patients can continue to receive the products – including chemotherapies, blood pressure medications and heart disease treatments – on which they depend.

UPS is a significant part of the fabric of the global economy. The company transports more than three percent of global GDP and about six percent of US GDP daily. UPS employees are proud of the critical role the company plays for its customers, communities and the economies in countries where it operates – and the role UPS experts are playing in supporting the President's Coronavirus Taskforce.

UPS Healthcare provides extensive services ranging from healthcare-licensed distribution space and supply chain management to temperature-controlled packaging and shipping, storage and fulfilment of medical devices, labs and clinical trial specimens. With capabilities for GDP- and GMP-compliant transport of critical shipments, UPS Healthcare's global infrastructure, monitoring and tracking capabilities, and private data protection, are well-suited to helping those on the front line flatten the curve of this virus's impact.

"The global UPS Healthcare team has mobilised in extraordinary ways around the world to bring all our expertise and highly specialised capabilities to serve the urgent needs of our healthcare and life science customers," said UPS Healthcare President Wes Wheeler. "Our strength is our ability to be nimble in times of emergencies, whether natural disasters or pandemics, so we will continue to do our part to help us all through this challenge."

About UPS Healthcare

UPS Healthcare delivers unparalleled healthcare logistics expertise to its customers around the world. UPS Healthcare has 11+ million square feet of cGMP and GDP-compliant healthcare distribution space globally. Its services include inventory management, cold chain packaging and shipping, storage and fulfilment of medical devices, and lab and clinical trial logistics. UPS Healthcare's global infrastructure, its UPS® Premier visibility service, its track and trace technology, and its global quality system are well-suited to meeting today's complex logistics demands for the pharmaceutical, medical device, and laboratory diagnostic industries.

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