Vale completes donation of 5 million rapid test kits and close to 16 million PPE to the Federal Government

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Vale completes donation of 5 million rapid test kits and close to 16 million PPE to the Federal Government

The eleventh and final plane, with equipment purchased by Vale in China to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, landed on Saturday night, May 9th, at Guarulhos International Airport (SP). The aircraft brought the last shipment - 250 thousand surgical aprons - which was donated to the federal government that is in charge of distribution to health facilities throughout the country.

In just over 40 days, 5 million rapid test kits for virus detection and 15.8 million personal protective equipment (PPE), packed in 25,975 boxes weighing 308 tons, and equivalent to the weight of 308 popular cars, were delivered to the Ministry of Health.

In addition to the rapid test kits, Vale donated a total of 2.54 million N-95 masks to the Ministry of Health, considered the most effective mask for workers exposed to contaminated environments; 10.7 million disposable surgical masks; 2.3 million aprons; 216,000 gloves; and 4.5 thousand protective eyewear.

By the end of the month, three more aircraft will have arrived from China, bringing kits and PPE to the six states where Vale operates (MG, PA, MA, ES, MS and RJ). In total, almost 14.5 million pieces of equipment will be donated to these states. A further 5 million test kits will be added to the cargo, that were purchased by Brazilian banks with the logistical help of Vale in China, a country with which the company has had a partnership for almost 50 years.

In total, more than 600 tons of products will have been brought in the 14 planes (12 freighters and 2 commercial planes). Altogether, the flights will total 266,926 kilometers, equivalent to 80 times the distance between Porto Alegre and Macapá, 314 hours of flight time. To bring in the cargo, Vale mobilized 116 employees from nine company divisions in Brazil and China.

In addition to emergency aid, which strictly follows the guidance of health authorities, Vale has been carrying out humanitarian efforts, such as the construction of field hospitals, refurbishment of health clinics and procurement of equipment. In total, R$352.8 million has already been invested out of the R$500 million total that the company has committed to combating the disease in the country.

"It is a satisfying feeling to deliver this last lot to the federal government. It was a difficult logistical challenge to mobilize our teams here and in China, at such a critical moment for the world. But fortunately we concluded the delivery with the knowledge that we are collaborating with the efforts of others to supply the country with important equipment. Vale will continue to be vigilant in fighting the disease in its operations and in the areas where it is present," says Vale's CEO, Eduardo Bartolomeo.

More than equipment

The humanitarian actions, however, are not limited to the acquisition of equipment abroad. The company has helped in the construction of field hospitals; hospital refurbishments; equipment purchases, such as ventilators, hospital beds and monitors; and the donation of cleaning supplies, including 100 tons of alcohol gel. To safeguard the social isolation of indigenous peoples with their traditional communities with whom they interact, the company will build quarantine centers, with all the necessary logistical support. In partnership with the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein and the Rede Mater Health Center, Vale has launched a US$1 million bid (about R$5 million at the average dollar exchange rate for March) to support innovative solutions aimed at reducing the impact of Covid-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus.

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Vale completes donation of 5 million rapid test kits and close to 16 million PPE to the Federal Government