(WHDH) — The New England Patriots team plane on Tuesday delivered 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines to El Salvador, the country announced on social media.

El Salvador’s secretary of communications shared photos of the plane dropping off the vaccines as the country continues its push to battle back against the pandemic.

“We know that this fight has been difficult, but we have not given up for a moment,” a tweet shared by the secretary of communications’ Twitter account stated.

One of Kraft’s two Boeing 767 jets dropped off a shipment of vaccines made by Sinovac, a pharmaceutical company that uses a virus to create immunity. The shots are said to be highly effective.

The plane is currently in Miami after completing the trip to El Salvador. The trip was a paid charter; The Patriots did not donate the flight.

To keep the jets from sitting idle in the offseason, they are used by Eastern Airlines and the Department of Defense. This particular delivery appears to be a federal shipment on behalf of President Joe Biden, who has promised to help vaccinate countries in need.

El Salvador’s Minister of Health thanked China for the vaccines, and said the country will always be a friend.

In April 2020, Patriots owner Robert Kraft sent the plane to China to pickup more than a million N95 respiratory masks to help protect Bay State healthcare professionals as COVID-19 ravished the region.

Gillette Stadium, the home of the Patriots, started hosting a mass vaccination site in January — which marked the first largescale site in the Northeast.


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