Patriots: Robert Kraft makes kind gesture to deliver COVID vaccines
By Jerry Trotta
With the vaccination progress in full effect, the United States, for the first time in over a year, seems to be turning the corner in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s absolutely massive news for the New England Patriots, who were one of just a few teams in the NFL that didn’t allow fans back inside their stadium last season.
If things continue along this path, Gillette Stadium could be at full capacity by the start of the 2021 campaign.
With that being said, however, there’s still plenty of work to be done to reach that goal.
In fact, while the United States appears to be winning the good fight, there are other regions across the globe that are still reeling from the pandemic’s long-standing impact.
In truly philanthropic fashion, the Patriots are being proactive in trying to help these less-fortunate countries, as owner Robert Kraft is sending the team jet to El Salvador to deliver approximately $5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft is sending the team plane to deliver some 5,000 COVID-19 vaccines to El Salvador.
According to the CDC, El Salvador has tallied over 71,000 positive cases and roughly 2,100 deaths related to COVID-19.
With El Salvador struggling mightily to curb the spread of the virus, the CDC announced a “level three” in its latest assessment of the country’s COVID-19 level, which is pretty unsettling considering that a four is the highest possible level.
Thankfully, however, political officials in El Salvador are confident the country is on pace to immunize its entire population in the near future. While the country’s individual efforts deserve serious commendation, it goes without saying they have Kraft and the Patriots to thank for that in part.
This isn’t the first time Kraft has made his presence felt during the pandemic, either. About 13 months ago, the longtime Patriots owner sent the team jet to China to pick up one million n95 masks, which healthcare administrations were running low on when COVID-19 was running rampant throughout the country.
Knowing how difficult healthcare workers had it during this morbid time, Kraft also ponied up 76 tickets and an all-expenses paid trip to last year’s Super Bowl in Tampa Bay. Each worker represented all six New England states, which was really an awesome touch.
We’d normally overreact to such a selfless gesture, but this has become the norm for Kraft throughout the pandemic. Since the 79-year-old wears his plans close to the vest, we’re not entirely sure where he’s planning to send the Patriots’ team plane next.
Wherever it goes, it’ll likely be hugely helpful in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.