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McMaster visits North Charleston as Boeing Dreamlifters deliver PPE

By Patrick Phillips | May 11, 2020 at 8:37 AM EDT - Updated May 11 at 3:41 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster visited North Charleston where a shipment of personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers arrived.

Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey said there were roadblocks getting the PPE delivered to MUSC from China. That’s when Boeing stepped in and donated time and resources on three Dreamlifter aircraft.

Three Boeing Dreamlifter aircraft filled with PPE arrived with pallettes loaded with 150,000 eye goggles and face shields to assist in the ongoing response for COVID-19.

The Governor and several state and U.S. legislators were at the site to celebrate what they called a huge local effort to help healthcare workers.

“In 2009, when Boeing broke ground, that was the birth of a new family member in South Carolina, and Boeing has shown that it is a great family member," McMaster said. "We are proud of everything that they’ve done, and they’re going to do in the fabric of this state, and in combination with MUSC, one of the greatest institutions in the country under great leadership, South Carolina can be an example to the rest of the country. On behalf of 5 million proud happy South Carolinians, I say thank you for this work, for this step forward.”

The PPE will be used to help ramp up MUSC’s COVID-19 outreach efforts across the state.

McMaster was joined by representatives from Boeing, MUSC, the state’s Congressional Delegation and other local officials at Boeing South Carolina.

Boeing CEO David Calhoun said it was the first time three Dreamlifters had been seen in the same place and acknowledged the pilots who got the needed supplies to the Palmetto State.

“It’s our frontline helping the healthcare frontline,” he said.

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