The company is working with President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force and state health agencies. UPS has a healthcare supply chain unit that can handle specialized shipments such as temperature-sensitive items.
“UPS Healthcare has the expertise and experience to move vital, life-saving medicines, medical devices, diagnostic specimens and supplies everywhere they are needed,” UPS CEO David Abney said in a written statement.
Working with Pharmatech, UPS shipped its first 10,000 coronavirus test kits Monday and said it would ramp up to ship 20,000 kits every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
UPS is also working with testing firm LetsGetChecked to distribute 50,000 test kits a day, and is helping another testing firm, Everlywell, to distribute test kits to healthcare facilities.
And UPS said it is working with medical supplies distributor Henry Schein to distribute personal protective equipment to medical professionals and drive-through testing facilities. And it is helping healthcare distributor McKesson by delivering shipments of personal protective equipment to military bases where people are under quarantine.