PKN Orlen designates PLN 60 mln for face masks

Obajtek said the masks will be forwarded to foundations and the government's Reserve Materials Agency, which will then distribute them. Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Poland's PKN Orlen fuel company has designated PLN 60 million (EUR 13.2 million) for the purchase of 7 million face masks. The first batch of around 1.6 million masks arrived in Poland on Monday, Orlen CEO Daniel Obajtek said.

Obajtek said the masks will be forwarded to foundations and the government's Reserve Materials Agency, which will then distribute them.

Obajtek said that his company was working together with the prime minister and state assets minister and making use of its international channels to secure other forms of support in the battle with the coronavirus. He added that Orlen will "stick with Poles through thick and thin."

State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin said that national companies like Orlen were an important aid to the government in combating the coronavirus in Poland. Sasin said that by all indications the epidemic will intensify in Poland, therefore securing medical products like face masks was of paramount importance.

He added that besides Orlen, support in the coronavirus campaign was also being offered by other national enterprises like KGHM, the Polish Armament Group, Polfa Tarchomin, PZU, the Polish Post, LOT airlines and PKP national railways.