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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A mission took off from New York Saturday to bring direct relief to West Africa amid the Ebola virus outbreak.

As CBS 2’s Don Champion reported, the flight came as the entire country of Sierra Leone went under lockdown.

Direct Relief, an international humanitarian aid agency, chartered a Kalitta Air flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Sierra Leone and Liberia on Saturday.

“The physicians who are in scarce supply, well-trained, and critically important cannot do their jobs safely if they don’t have the basic protective equipment,” said Direct Relief chief executive officer Thomas Tighe.

The flight marked the eleventh time Direct Relief has sent supplies to West Africa since the start of the Ebola outbreak.

Many of the crates on the flight were filled with items readily available to doctors in America, but hard to find in West Africa, such as gloves and gowns…

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