We are collaborating closely with the federal government and other healthcare stakeholders to get more critical personal protective equipment (PPE) to the U.S. The visibility of this collaboration has increased as Project Airbridge flights began arriving on March 29.

The supplies arriving via Project Airbridge are helping expedite the shipment of critical medical supplies to areas hit hardest by COVID-19, as identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The flights are also helping with resupply of some high-demand inventory. The planned schedule of flights through April is intended to bridge the gap until container ships begin arriving with larger quantities of resupply.

Allocations are not an ideal solution. However, our allocation approach has helped us provide PPE supplies to many more customers for a much longer time. We closely monitor demand and usage by customer type, and we receive input from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Based on this data, we have increased our allocation allowances slightly for certain PPE and other high-demand products. As our supply levels improve, and the government evolves guidance on the prioritization of providers or geographic markets, we will continue to adapt our distribution policies.