FedEx Express to transfer COVID-19 test specimens across the US
Category: #retail  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2020-03-24
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FedEx Express to transfer COVID-19 test specimens across the US

FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, has recently announced its development of a special operation to help the U.S. government move test specimens of COVID-19 across states. The specimens will be transferred across 12 states, from nearly 50 drive-thru remote testing centers to major retailers.

The critical initiative has been taken up as a collective effort to speed up the processing of coronavirus test specimens to help curb its spread. The mission was led by HHS (Department of Health & Human Services) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). With an aim to support the slow mission, FedEx Express has dedicated 28 flight legs for transporting the test specimens in addition to providing specialized delivery and pickup operations. To enable the high visibility of the shipments while in transit, the company is using its SenseAware® technology for successful transfer of specimens to ten labs, operated by Quest Diagnostics and others across select US locations. The HHS has assisted in packaging, collecting, and sealing the specimens using the SenseAware® devices. The company will additionally lend support services to the rising number of remote testing centers across the country.

Since January, the company has been working with retail customers, suppliers, nonprofits, and governments to deliver assistance in the relief efforts for the impact of the virus. It has been mobilizing its network and advancing the delivery speed of critical test samples.

For instance, FedEx has formed a business partnership with TN Air national Guard, HHS, and other agencies to transfer nearly 1 million of COVID-19 testing kits to various cities in the U.S. It also has collaborated with humanitarian aid organizations, including Direct Relief to provide 250,000 N95 masks and other equipment to over 1,000 free clinics and health centers. Additionally, it has transferred respiratory life-saving equipment of nearly 100 tons to China, in collaboration with a major medical device company.

The company is prioritizing the health and safety of its customers and 475,000 team members and urging these team members to strictly follow public health organizations’ guidance.

Source credit:

https://newsroom.fedex.com/newsroom/fedex-stands-up-special-operation-to-help-fight-covid-19/



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