More masks are on their way to healthcare workers around the United States to help them fight the coronavirus. Both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made the announcement over the weekend.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law last Wednesday, extends liability protection to all industrial N95 masks. The Federal government, not manufacturers, will be liable if they do not protect workers. This opens up the pipeline and manufacturing impetus to get more masks to doctors and all other healthcare providers.
Keep in mind that masks for healthcare workers typically must be made on Food and Drug Administration-certified production lines.
More Masks: Key Legislation Passed
Vice President Pence said that the 3M company in Minnesota can now manufacture 35 million masks a month. Both 3M and Honeywell haver increased their production so that they can churn out the N-95 masks in record time.
For example, Honeywell is repurposing a factory that was destined for Mexico to produce another 120 million masks per year. 3M began increasing its output to 420 million masks per year in January of this year.
In addition, construction companies are also manufacturing these items.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he will introduce the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to offer financial help to individuals. also gives relief to small businesses and their employees. Overall, this will stabilize the economy and jobs and help healthcare workers provide support to their patients fighting the coronavirus.