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Flexport, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others launch a fund to get supplies to front-line responders

There’s a world scarcity of obtainable protecting tools (PPE) and medical provides to be used by front-line responders working to struggle the unfold of the novel coronavirus, and the Frontline Responders Fund desires to channel donations to assist tackle that scarcity. The fund, which is in search of public donations by way of GoFundMe, will use all proceeds to cowl the prices of transportation of those essential provides to the hospitals, clinics and public companies that want them most.

Flexport is facilitating the deliveries by way of their provide chain administration platform and companies, and is receiving donations by way of their grant-making associate Charities Add Foundation of America (CAF), which facilitates the acceptance of charitable donations for Flexport.org, Flexport’s NGO for social good tasks.

Already, Flexport has been taking steps to get tools the place it’s wanted most: final week, it received 60,000 surgical masks, 34,000 gloves, 2,000 surgical robes and 50 thermometers from MedShare to San Francisco’s Department of Public Health. But the group desires to do extra, each for SF and for different cites in which can be in search of methods to shore up their very own provides.

“My neighbor is on the board of supervisors and she or he advised me the town actually wanted assist,” Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen stated by way of e mail earlier this week. “Naturally our workforce stepped in and utilized our data of provide chains and logistics plus a protracted standing partnership with MedShare.org to get them PPE shortly. Now we’re scaling that effort to get extra provides for SF in addition to different cities and hospitals which can be additionally in determined want.”

The funds made out there by way of this fundraising effort will go to securing not solely PPE, but additionally “testing kits, thermometers, ventilators and medicines,” in accordance with the undertaking’s GoFundMe web page, primarily based on what medical service suppliers deem to be highest precedence by way of want.

Petersen says that successfully all of his time now could be centered on logistics to help these ongoing efforts, and it seems prefer it’ll stay that means for the foreseeable future.

Other organizations, together with Apple, and now SoftBank, have been donating massive volumes of N95 respirators, a key piece of front-line protecting tools. Flexport’s work may facilitate continued provide, leveraging their provide chain relationships, to make sure that tools makes its solution to front-line employees as quick because it’s capable of be produced.

Donations could be made instantly by way of the fund’s GoFundMe web page, and the full raised is sitting at just below $three million as of this writing — helped largely by sizable donations from Silicon Valley leaders together with Paul Graham, Jack Dorsey and Ron Conway, in addition to celebrities together with Edward Norton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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