Polish oil company sends medical supplies to Vatican to fight pandemic

PKN Orlen said that thanks to the help provided, the institutions headed by the Papal Almsgiver will be able to support those most vulnerable to coronavirus during the pandemic. Marcin Bednarski/PAP

PKN Orlen, Poland's biggest petroleum company, has sent medical supplies to the Vatican and to the Office of Papal Charities to aid in the fight against COVID-19, PKN Orlen announced on Friday.

PKN Orlen said that thanks to the help provided, the institutions headed by the Papal Almsgiver will be able to support those most vulnerable to coronavirus during the pandemic. The medical gear will provide protection to, for example, units of the Vatican Gendarmerie, the Swiss Guard and, above all, the needy - the homeless, migrants and nursing home patients.

PKN Orlen also noted the involvement of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish Embassy at the Holy See in the coordination of activities.

In all, the company donated: 705,000 disposable masks; 30,000 masks from the Polish company Brubeck; 3,600 units of 5 litre containers of hand disinfectant; 3,200 units of 5 litre containers of surface disinfectant; and 10,000 protective suits.

"I am very grateful to the Polish authorities, President Andrzej Duda and the Management Board of PKN Orlen under the leadership of CEO Daniel Obajtek, for providing humanitarian aid to the Holy See, which, together with the Republic of Italy, is struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic," said Janusz Kotanski, Polish ambassador to the Holy See, as quoted by PKN Orlen.