JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s spy agency, the Mossad, has acquired ventilators and other medical equipment, along with 10 million surgical masks, in the fight to halt the coronavirus, all from unnamed countries.
The agency brought in 27 ventilators and 20,000 test kits, as well as N95 masks, which include air filters, Israel’s Channel 12 News reported. The Mossad is expected to obtain another 180 respirators in the coming days after obtaining components for 400,000 test kits last week.
The Israeli media have speculated the equipment came from countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel.
Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the Mossad would take over the purchase of medical equipment from other countries.
The Mossad also brought in 700 overalls for Magen David Adom ambulance personnel. Magen David Adom is handling the initial diagnosing and transporting of suspected COVID-19 cases.