Navajo Nation sends excess COVID PPE overseas to India
NAVAJO NATION, Utah. — When personal protective equipment (PPE) from the CARES Act was slow to arrive to the Navajo Nation, life-saving international assistance was quicker to arrive.
Now the tables have turned and the thankful residents of the Navajo Nation are paying it forward. In India, many citizens stricken by COVID are sick and are struggling, a problem for which these Native Americans have a solution.
In an interview with FOX 13 on Thursday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said, “It’s not just about receiving here on the Navajo Nation. We do have a stockpile of mask that were donated as well as what we’ve made. So what we’re doing is we’re going to package that up and send it to our brothers and sisters in India because they’re getting hit hard and we really know how it feels.”
Members of the Navajo Nation found themselves in the eye of the storm a year ago, suffering too many lives lost to the pandemic. Those numbers have since leveled off and provided the tribe with some long-awaited breathing room.
The PPE is being put on placed on pallets and loaded onto planes now, being flown to where it’s needed most – which this week is India.