In Pictures: DoD Airlifts Swabs for COVID-19 Testing from Italy to Memphis

Travis Air Force Base and the 164th Airlift Wing personnel unload COVID-19 testing swabs at the Memphis Air National Guard Base in Memphis, Tennessee, March 19, 2020. Photo by A1C Tra'Vonna Hawkins

Approximately 500,000 testing swabs and supplies were flown by Air Mobility Command on March 19-20 from Aviano Air Base, Italy, to the FedEx hub in Memphis, Tennessee, to be distributed to medical facilities across the U.S.

The mission follows the first Air Mobility Command-directed mission on March 16-17, which also transported 500,000 testing swabs in support of a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services-led effort to back-fill supply needs for components necessary to conduct coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) diagnostic testing.

The swabs are produced by the Italian company Copan Diagnostics, Inc. According to officials, the company is producing sufficient quantity to satisfy Italian and global requirements.

Air crew from Travis Air Force Base and the 164th Airlift Wing unload COVID-19 testing swabs at the Memphis Air National Guard Base in Memphis, Tennessee, March 19, 2020. Photo by Leon Q Bussey
Credit: Tra’Vonna Hawkins
Credit: Tra’Vonna Hawkins
Credit: Tra’Vonna Hawkins

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