Canada almost self-sufficient in PPE as Canadian businesses step up: PM

Respirators like this one have become highly sought-after since the beginning of the pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is nearing self-sufficiency when it comes to the production of personal protective equipment.
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Date of Publication: June 26, 2020

Source: CBC

The amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) being produced by Canadian companies currently is almost at the point of making Canada self-sufficient, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Many Canadian companies have taken advantage of the various federal financial support programs to rehire workers and retool equipment to start producing masks, gowns, ventilators, sanitizer, and other PPE. Canada still has vast amounts of PPE and supplies on order as indicated by the Public Services and Procurement Canada website. For example, Canada had ordered 121.9 million N95 respirators but, so far, had only received 12.9 million. China remains the dominant supplier of PPE to the world; having a secure domestic supply is crucial to battling further waves of COVID-19.

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Summary by: Rakshith Gangireddy