Onassis Foundation Donates 13.5 Million Surgical Masks to Greece



Onassis Foundation President Antonis Papadimitriou (L), Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis (M) and Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias on Tuesday morning. Photo Credit: PM’s Press Office

Τhe Onassis Foundation has donated 13.5 million surgical masks to the country, which they recently bought and had delivered to Greece from China.

On Tuesday, Onassis Foundation President Antonis Papadimitriou delivered the precious cargo to Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias, who went to Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport for the official reception of the equipment.

The first of three Aegean Airlines aircraft bringing part of the enormous consignment of equipment to Greece landed on Monday at Athens International Airport, while a second, carrying 27,000 packages containing the rest of the 13.5 million masks, at a total cost of 7.75  million euros, landed on Tuesday.

The masks will be distributed by the Health Ministry to cover urgent medical needs throughout the country and will be a huge relief for Greece’s medical and nursing staff everywhere in their battle against the coronavirus.

“With a collective effort and by investing in collaboration, everything can be achieved,” said an Onassis Foundation statement announcing the massive donation.