Due to a breakdown in coordination and exponential surges in demand, critical supplies like masks, gloves, face shields, trucks of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and diagnostics are not getting to hospitals in time, leading to significant and unnecessary loss of life. This problem has reached unprecedented scale.
Stuck in the supply chain, many of these items are being purchased by profiteers and resold at vast markups, or they are being diverted away from the areas of most urgent need. People will die as a result.
To address this, Helena is racing profiteers to these supplies and buying them ourselves before they fall into the wrong hands.
We are transferring these supplies at cost to the most affected hospitals and health systems.
In the first 48 hours of operations, Helena raised nearly $17m for this effort, with that total now nearly $20m.
Helena has already secured access to, purchased, and moved (at cost) more than fifteen million masks, gloves, wipes, ventilators and, soon, point-of-care diagnostic tests where they are being transported to hospitals most at need across the United States. We aim for that number to move into the hundreds of millions of supplies during the next few weeks.