At a briefing on Monday, Trump said he solved things with the manufacturing giant after speaking to 3M chief Michael Roman. Trudeau said Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne had spoken earlier with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but declined to give further details about the stopped delivery. The department remains closely linked to FEMA and HHS and makes available to members and federal authorities, in the country`s national approach, nearly $800 million in life-saving stocks and equipment. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he hoped Canada would get a waiver and felt better after speaking with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Important context: 3M`s sale of masks to other countries has been a contentious issue with the Trump administration. Trump tweeted that 3M “will have a high price to pay,” while Trump`s top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, said the White House had “some problems” with 3M and its international exports of medical equipment. Roman, meanwhile, told CNBC it was “absurd” to claim that the company wasn`t doing enough to help American workers. The Trump administration has signed a contract with U.S. manufacturer 3M to import respiratory masks over 166m from China over the next three months, allowing 3M to continue exporting its U.S.-made respiratory protective masks. The deal breaks an impasse that has led Washington to halt the export of nearly three million specialty masks to Ontario, fueling fears that Canada`s most populous province will not have supplies for medical staff in the fight against the coronavirus by the end of the week.
AMD Medicom Inc. based in Quebec. recently signed a contract to manufacture surgical masks and N95 up to 50m for the federal government, according to The Globe and Mail. And in Ontario, Ford said it is working with federal officials to speed up the approval process for a new “N96” mask developed by the province. “We have reached an agreement, a very amicable agreement, with 3M for the supply of an additional 55.5 million high-quality face masks per month, so we will receive 166.5 million masks for our frontline health workforce in the coming months,” Trump said. “So the 3M saga ends very happily.” On Monday, 3M said its new deal with the Trump administration “will also allow 3M to continue sending U.S.-produced respiratory protective masks to Canada and Latin America, where 3M is the primary source of supply.” TORONTO (AP) – Production giant 3M said Monday that it has a deal with the Trump administration that will allow the company to continue exporting N95 protective masks amid the coronavirus pandemic in Canada and Latin America. Public health personnel and local officials have sounded the alarm about a dangerous lack of vital equipment that protects nurses and doctors on the front lines, such as for example. B N95 masks that block particles. The situation became so severe that health workers in New York were reusing masks for single use.
As a result, the mask market has been plunged into chaos as prices continue to rise as U.S. countries and states fight for the same limited supply. President Donald Trump said he used the Defense Production Act to “hit 3M hard,” without giving further details. . . .