(NewsReady.com) – President Trump isn’t using the Defense Production Act (DPA) a whole lot during the COVID-19 pandemic. He prefers to encourage private entities to provide the supplies America needs rather than forcing them to do so. His decision was fairly successful and some of the country’s biggest companies are stepping up. That doesn’t mean the commander-in-chief is afraid to put the law into action to get vital medical supplies to hospitals, as he did last week when he expanded his use of the DPA.
The president reached a deal with 3M to provide an additional 166.5 million masks to the US over the next 3 months. This new influx will go a long way to meeting the needs of our medical professionals.
Our collaboration doesn’t stop here. We will continue to work with @FEMA to ensure that respirators get to those who need them most. Read more: https://t.co/MXz9l4g0w5 #COVID19 https://t.co/eHHTcj7D1S
— 3M (@3M) April 6, 2020
3M was exporting masks to Latin America and Canada, and Trump requested they stop. However, the company warned stopping those exports would reduce “the net number of respirators being made available to the US” due to trade agreements. According to 3M’s statement this week, it’s the main supplier of masks to Canada and Latin America.
There’s good news as 3M announced that, by June, it expects to produce 50 million masks per month, a 40% increase from current production levels. While shortages might be a problem hospitals are facing now, the company and the president are confident that it won’t be an issue in the future.
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