Baker has continually been outbid by the federal government in his search to deliver more personal protective equipment to the state's healthcare workers, as the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.
According to a source, Baker is extremely frustrated that the federal government outbid him on supplies that were en route to MA. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the team plane was used to transport over one million N95 masks from China to the United States.
Robert Kraft and Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, will be there when the plane lands today in Boston.
In addition to helping manage all the logistics and overcoming paperwork, the Kraft family paid $ 2 million, which is half the cost of the masks. He subsequently reached out to his father, who put the wheels in motion to get the masks.
The plane specs were only part of the problem, Kraft explained.
MA received less than a fifth of the amount of equipment it requested from the strategic national stockpile - but New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft stepped up in a big way to help bring more than a million N95 masks to the United States.
The full report paints an arduous picture of the plane's quest from New England to Alaska to China and back, which included a 3-hour limit for the plane to be grounded in China.
The first portion of the transport, aboard the plane that regularly shepherded the six-time Super Bowl champions across the country during the National Football League season, is expected to arrive Thursday and the remaining stock next week.
As detailed in the Journal's piece, the effort began weeks earlier when Baker and his staff tracked down the necessary N95 manufacturers in China. But they would need visas, so the crew had to run to a pharmacy in Wilmington, Ohio to get photos while the plane was getting upgrades.
He contacted Jonathan Kraft, chairman of the board at Massachusetts General Hospital and Patriots president. MA located caches of masks in China; the question was, how to get them to America?
Baker confirmed the joint venture in a news conference Thursday.
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With help from intermediaries, the group was connected with executives at Tencent, a Chinese tech company, agreed to send over a dozen people to inspect and aggregate the masks. The rest will follow in a later shipment.