FedEx moved COVID-19 specimens from more than 50 drive-thru testing centers over the weekend, official says

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FedEx Express announced today it stood up a special operation over the weekend to help the U.S. government quickly move COVID-19 test specimens from more than 50 remote drive-thru testing centers at major retailers across 12 states.

This critical mission, led by the White House, Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was a collaborative effort among retailers and healthcare companies to enable quick processing of COVID-19 test specimens to help prevent the spread of the virus.

To ensure weekend support of this mission, FedEx Express dedicated 28 flight legs, as well as specialized pick-up and delivery operations.

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FedEx transported the test specimens to 10 labs operated by Quest Diagnostics and other commercial labs.

The Department of Health and Human Services aided in collecting, packaging and sealing test sample boxes before they were shipped via FedEx Express First Overnight with Priority Alert monitoring for delivery by 8 a.m. the next day.

FedEx Express will continue to provide support seven days a week as more remote testing centers come available across the country.