Rome, August 1. (askanews) – The twelfth and last flight of the “humanitarian airlift” organized by the Embassy of Italy in China in coordination with the China-Italy Philanthropy Forum will land today in Milan Malpensa at 19:00. On the flight that left Beijing today, financed by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, there are over 1.2 million masks and other personal protective equipment such as gloves and protective suits on board. The medical-healthcare material, partly donated by Chinese companies and partly purchased by the Department of Civil Protection, will be used to combat the pandemic of COVID-19 on Italian territory.
“This 12th flight ends today a beautiful page of the activity carried out by the Embassy of Italy in Beijing during these last months, – commented Ambassador Luca Ferrari-. Without affecting the public budget, and working closely with the structure of Commissioner Arcuri, the Civil Protection and the Farnesina, with these 12 flights we were able to transport over 16 million masks, more than 2,000 lung fans and thousands of suits, gloves and diagnostic kits to Italy. the ambassador – we have prepared a task force that has worked with great sense of the state and dedication during very difficult months in order to bring urgent medical devices crucial to the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic to Italy. Italy Philanthropy Forum, of which I thank the Secretary General, Prof. Giovanni Andornino, we have organized an airlift without charges for the Treasury but funded by generous foundations ni as well as from Italian companies – SNAM, ENI and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti – to which I extend my most sincere thanks. In the most difficult hours for Italy, the diplomatic-consular network led by Minister Di Maio responded unitedly to face an unprecedented crisis. My heartfelt thanks go to all the donors, Chinese and Italian, who have contributed exceptionally during these months. This operation allowed us to acquire skills that we then put in the system to assist the air bridges from Shanghai, Nanjing and Shenzhen, with which the Commissioner Arcuri Structure and the Civil Protection have so far sent nearly a billion devices to our country of individual protection “.