Liege Airport is the new WHO logistics platform
In its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization has chosen Liege airport, alongside seven other airports around the world. Belgium has become the logistics platform for Europe for the supply of the medical equipment needed by healthcare workers.
Some 100 million medical masks and gloves, 25 million respirators, protective gowns and visors and 2.5 million test kits will be distributed each month from the Liège air hub, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. But we already know that other medical equipment is also due to transit through Liège to help clinics fight the virus.
According to Luc Partoune, CEO of Liège Airport, the WHO's choice stems "from the fact that we are operational 24 hours a day - which is rare -, our processing capacity, our excellent geographical location and, lastly, our very dense connection network."
At the global level, the seven other selected logistics platforms are located in China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malaysia, Panama, South Africa, United Arab Emirates.