N95 masks are one of the most important pieces of equipment to ensure that frontline and health care workers are protected from contracting the coronavirus during the ongoing pandemic.
“Face masks are the ‘armor’ that protects Americans from contracting COVID-19. As with the equipment the U.S. military provides our soldiers, our face masks, and the filtration media inside, must be highly engineered, backed by science and adhere to the rigorous standards of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a division of the CDC,” said Sara Greenstein, CEO of Lydall.
So, why is it that this "armor" is still in short supply more than six months into the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?
Well, it has to do with supply chain and manufacturing.
Greenstein joined TheStreet to break down the shortage and to explain how Lydall is working to supply the necessary meltblow filters needed for N95 masks.
Lydall, back in June, received a $13.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to ensure the production of face masks on American soil.
“We are incredibly thankful to the U.S. government for recognizing the importance of accelerating domestic production of N95 and surgical face masks and providing the grant we need to do just that. We also want to congratulate the state of New Hampshire and the city of Rochester on this investment and are grateful for their collaboration and partnership. Together, we are supporting domestic supply chains, creating American jobs and contributing to the fight against COVID-19," Greenstein said in a press release.
Watch the video above for Greenstein's thoughts.
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