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Washington, Apr 7 (Canadian-Media): Canadian government was much relieved to learn that United States (U.S.) government had agreed to the continuous export of N95 masks to Canada, media reports said.
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3M and the U.S. government "worked together to ensure that this plan does not create further humanitarian implications for countries currently fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. The plan will also enable 3M to continue sending U.S.-produced respirators to Canada and Latin America, where 3M is the primary source of supply, " the company said in a statement.
Minnesota-based 3M, the producer of N95 masks has been in dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration to abide by orders to prioritize American demand for the masks and said that it plans to continue to fill orders in Canada and Latin America.
"We share the same goals of providing much-needed respirators to Americans across the country and combating criminals who seek to take advantage of the current crisis," Roman said in a statement.
During his daily briefing Trump announced that 3M would be producing 166.5 million masks for overtaxed and under-supplied health care professionals across the U.S.
Earlier Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada has been having problems with delays in shipments coming from different countries around the world or have not arrived, specifically with the U.S. We are working with them to ensure the orders Canada has placed get delivered.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford complained Monday about a shipment of Ontario-bound masks being held up at the Canada-U.S. border over the weekend. he said that it is absolutely critical that we get the supply as the province's stockpile of supplies would run out in a few days.
The Trump White House had invoked the Defense Production Act which empowers the president of the U.S. to compel U.S. manufacturers of the equipment, such as 3M and Honeywell, to prioritize orders being co-ordinated by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"We feel we are being hurt," said Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and added Canada continues to drive home the point that given the interconnected nature of supply chains between Canada and the U.S., the best outcome would be where both parties continue to help each other.