India’s post office is helping frontline workers during the lockdown

Three weeks ago, India put into effect what is the largest pandemic lockdown the world has ever seen. The decision has led to all businesses — apart from essential services — to shut down their activities, leaving numerous supply chains stock-still.

And because the pause button has been hit on courier services as well, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and labs at the forefront against COVID-19 have been left with no one to deliver them essential medical supplies.

It turns out, however, that among the essential services left running is India’s national postal service — the largest in the world — which has a huge fleet of postal vans crisscrossing a wide network of post offices across the country.

When the service heard that healthcare facilities have been left in a lurch, it was been quick to step forward and offer its services to help transport the much-needed medical equipment and drugs to where they are needed.

Now, the postal service is delivering everything from batches of lifesaving drugs to COVID-19 tests, to N95 masks and ventilators moving medicine and equipment between major cities and states — mostly via its iconic red postal vans.

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India’s post office is helping frontline workers during the lockdown

Three weeks ago, India put into effect what is the largest pandemic lockdown the world has ever seen. The decision has led to all businesses — apart from essential services — to shut down their activities, leaving numerous supply chains stock-still.

And because the pause button has been hit on courier services as well, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and labs at the forefront against COVID-19 have been left with no one to deliver them essential medical supplies.

It turns out, however, that among the essential services left running is India’s national postal service — the largest in the world — which has a huge fleet of postal vans crisscrossing a wide network of post offices across the country.

When the service heard that healthcare facilities have been left in a lurch, it was been quick to step forward and offer its services to help transport the much-needed medical equipment and drugs to where they are needed.

Now, the postal service is delivering everything from batches of lifesaving drugs to COVID-19 tests, to N95 masks and ventilators moving medicine and equipment between major cities and states — mostly via its iconic red postal vans.

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