The world is hit hard by the corona pandemic and no industry has been left spared. It has
caused great overall distress on the economy as a whole. Most of the affluent nations of the world are suffering the pandemic too including the US, UK, Italy, Spain among the others. The nations are locked down and most of the economic activities are ceased. However, lately, nations are moving towards reopening their countries and states as they can’t remain lockdowned forever.
One of the most important aspects of public safety during this pandemic has been wearing face masks. There’s good news for California residents as millions of protective masks will soon make their way to the state. It was announced by the governor’s office on Monday as the manufacturer ordered by the state to produce the masks finally won US federal certification.
Governor Newsom had signed a whopping $1 billion deal with Chinese giant BYD to deliver
millions of masks to the state. The deal included the tight-fitting N95 masks that are used by the health care workers, as well as normal surgical masks, made available for general use. Surgical masks had already started arriving in the state last month, but the N95 masks were delayed twice as BYD couldn’t win certification from the National institute for occupational safety and health.
But now, the company has finally managed to win the much necessary certification. It will now be able to deliver 150 million N95 masks to the state in the coming days.
The deal was initially taken with a grain of salt. The administration paid a whopping $500 million upfront but later BYD refunded half the amount when they couldn’t deliver the masks in time.
After many questions, the governor later revealed that they were paying $3.30 for an N95 mask that has been considered as a good deal. For more such latest news, stay tuned with us.