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Ventilators & hospital beds arrive on plane to Shannon

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A Qatar Airways Boeing 777 cargo plane carrying vital medical equipment from China landed at Shannon Airport on Thursday evening.

Touching down at 4:25pm, the plan had medical equipment such ICU ventilators and hospital beds for distribution to hospitals all over Ireland in preparation for the COVID-19 surge.

One of the largest cargo operators in the world, Qatar Airways resumed flights to China on March 30th to support the global supply chain which includes the transportation of urgent medical relief aid essential to the global fight against the current health pandemic.

“We are delighted to facilitate the arrival of this much welcomed consignment of medical supplies. As an essential service our airport remains open to facilitate cargo and repatriation flights at this unprecedented time,” CEO of Shannon Group, Mary Considine commented.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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