(NewsReady.com) – As America moves away from its reliance on China for medical supplies, domestic production is ramping up. Masks, in particular, are in high demand as COVID-19 continues to spread. To alleviate this shortage, the Pentagon signed a $126-million contract with 3M to help the company scale up its N95 production.
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Within the next 12 months, 3M will increase its annual mask manufacturing by at least 312 million. This new level of output will help to alleviate shortages and replenish national stockpiles. In addition, starting in October, the company must increase its output by 26 million per month with the funding it received through the CARES Act.
The Pentagon has also given out another $133 million in total to increase N95 mask production. Of that money, 3M got $76 million while the rest is split between Honeywell and Owens & Minor. Also in April, the Defense Department announced another $415 million contract to fund 60 machines to decontaminate used N95 masks to extend the lifespan of already-existing masks.
The amount of funding going out for mask-related production is a sign that the US is well on its way to providing personal protective equipment for everyone, regardless of global market trends.
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