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More than a million masks have been delivered from China to South Carolina.

The Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, will be distributed among Prisma hospitals and medical facilities across the state to shield health professionals treating patients with COVID-19, according to Prisma spokeswoman Tammie Epps in a press release.

One hundred thousand of those masks will be going to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, added Prisma Health president and CEO Mark O’Halla.

Joining McMaster, O’Halla and Graham was U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., along with U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan and William Timmons, also South Carolina Republicans.

Officials from Boeing — which has a major manufacturing plant in Charleston and donated the cost of the masks’ transport — were also on hand, as was Neil Ferrier, whose company, Discommon, helped broker the acquisition of the masks.

“This is a wonderful story,” said Scott at the press event. “My mother has been in the health care field for about 45 years. To know that we have critical material and equipment to keep our health care workers on the front line safe is remarkable and it’s a great story of the pipeline of South Carolina’s tremendous history.”

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