(May 1, 2020 / JNS) British Jewish comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, Australian actress Isla Fisher, helped donate a cargo of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that was airlifted to healthcare workers in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.
The couple partnered with Salesforce, DMGT and Mail newspapers to send by plane 100,000 masks and 50,000 coveralls to the United Kingdom through a charity called Mail Force.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff shared on Twitter photos of the cargo arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport and Cohen replied to Benioff’s Twitter post saying, “Isla and I are so happy to have such persistent and generous partners in getting this done. Businesses please follow and get PPE in through #ProjectHope in US or #MailForce in UK.”
The PPE was flown in from China. More equipment is expected to arrive in the coming days, reported the country’s Metro.
Britain has been suffering from a shortage of PPE for frontline health-care workers.
A BBC investigation published on Tuesday revealed that the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson “failed to buy the necessary protective equipment needed to cope with a pandemic,” and that “there were no gowns, visors, swabs or body bags in the government’s pandemic stockpile when COVID-19 reached the U.K.”
As of Friday afternoon, there were 177,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom with 27, 510 deaths.
Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision
One of the most intriguing stories of the sudden Coronavirus crisis is the role of the internet. With individuals forced into home quarantine, most are turning further online for information, education and social interaction.
JNS's influence and readership are growing exponentially, and our positioning sets us apart. Most Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas. JNS is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.
During this crisis, JNS continues working overtime. We are being relied upon to tell the story of this crisis as it affects Israel and the global Jewish community, and explain the extraordinary political developments taking place in parallel.
Our ability to thrive in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters. Monthly donations in particular go a long way in helping us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make during these challenging times. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you blessings for good health and peace of mind.