Patriots Team Plane Returns from China with 1.2 Million Medical Masks

via Twitter (Governor Charlie Baker)

The Patriots may have lost the greatest quarterback of all time in free agency, but Bob Kraft is moving on to more important things right now. He’s playing a role in fighting COVID-19 in Massachusetts, which is a really nice state that is unfortunately filled with Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics fans.

Kraft send the Pats’ team plane to China and it came back with 1.2 million N95 protective masks.

Story from ESPN via the WSJ:

According to The Wall Street Journal, the transfer was the result of multiple global negotiations and the Massachusetts governor, Charlie Baker, calling on Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft for his help in acquiring the masks.

The Patriots’ plane had to be upgraded for international travel and a waiver to avoid a 14-day quarantine in China was granted if the crew did not leave the aircraft, according to the Journal.

The Kraft family paid $2 million, about half the cost, to acquire the masks, according to the newspaper. The initial order was for 1.7 million masks, but only 1.2 million could fit on the plane. The remainder of the masks are set to be delivered in another shipment, the Journal reports.

Nice job by him. Kraft has been a pretty charitable dude over the years. He’s part of Michael Rubin’s criminal justice reform group and has done a lot of healthcare-related philanthropy with his wife and family.

Let’s just hope these masks are legit. There were reports from the BBC and other outlets that China had sent supplies to other countries, which ended up being defective. There were issues with tests kits and the filters on the masks, which weren’t working as intended. Fingers crossed that these supplies are solid and get to where they need to go.

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8 Responses

  1. I’m glad Mr. Kraft could provide our nation with a well needed handy….I mean hand.
    Thanks Bob!

  2. South Korea and USA both had the 1st coronavirus case in the same day. They have 169 deaths bc of their vigorous response. Trump said it would disappear. Yes I 100% blame Trump. Stop blaming China peeps

    1. personally, I blame the virus, but yeah, all the libtards can keep blaming the president…..

  3. The Governor just found out yesterday that asymptomatic carriers can spread Covid 19.

    One red state in 2020 for sure.

  4. Department of Justice
    Office of Public Affairs
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases
    The Department of Justice announced today that the Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and two Chinese nationals have been charged in connection with aiding the People’s Republic of China.
    Dr. Charles Lieber, 60, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was arrested this morning and charged by criminal complaint with one count of making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement. Lieber will appear this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts.
    Yanqing Ye, 29, a Chinese national, was charged in an indictment today with one count each of visa fraud, making false statements, acting as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy. Ye is currently in China.
    Zaosong Zheng, 30, a Chinese national, was arrested on Dec. 10, 2019, at Boston’s Logan International Airport and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to smuggle 21 vials of biological research to China. On Jan. 21, 2020, Zheng was indicted on one count of smuggling goods from the United States and one count of making false, fictitious or fraudulent statements. He has been detained since Dec. 30, 2019.

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