HCMC – France has reportedly set up an airbridge to transport hundreds of millions of antibacterial cloth face masks made in Vietnam to this European nation by the end of May to assist with the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
According to French television channel RTL, the Vietnamese-made face masks will be provided to students, managers and those in charge of ensuring post-lockdown public safety. They will also be available for sale at chemist stores.
Bolloré Logistic Vietnam, a France-based transport and logistics company, will carry the medical supplies to France.
The company has arranged for two freight flights per day for a total of some 50 flights that will bring the masks to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle International Airport in the French capital of Paris this month.
Another source revealed that 4-5 weekly cargo flights chartered from Asian carriers were operated to transport masks at the end of April.
Aiming to create a new normal situation from May 11, France needs an estimated 250 million face masks per month. However, this European nation is capable of manufacturing only 40 million of them and has to import the rest, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.
Many firms active in France are reportedly rushing to purchase an adequate number of face masks for their employees who will return to work after the lockdown order is lifted in phases from May 11.