Millions of surgical masks arrive in Scotland from China

The delivery takes the total number of masks secured through the supply route to almost 60m.

Millions of surgical masks  arrive in Scotland from China

A plane carrying 10m surgical masks for health and care workers has arrived in Scotland.

The CargoLogicAir flight is the latest to bring items of personal protective equipment (PPE) from China via Moscow to Prestwick Airport, South Ayrshire.

The delivery takes the total number of masks secured through the supply route to almost 60m.

Gordon Beattie, NHS National Services Scotland procurement director, said on Monday: “The plane that landed at Prestwick Airport today delivered another 10m surgical masks (Type IIR).

“These will be swiftly distributed to support our health and care colleagues, and safeguard them as they continue to treat and protect those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Around 11m face masks and 100,000 testing kits delivered on one of the flights last month was stuck at the airport for a period.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman confirmed the items were temporarily stranded due to a labelling issue.

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