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A top US scientist who was pushed out of his job says he was ‘pressured to let politics and cronyism drive decisions’ in the nation’s coronavirus response

Rick Bright, one of the leading US vaccine scientists, said he was abruptly ousted from his post as the head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) last month for sticking to science, and refusing to tout “unproven” coronavirus treatments. Bright is now asking for his job back, […]
A top US scientist who was pushed out of his job says he was ‘pressured to let politics and cronyism drive decisions’ in the nation’s coronavirus response
Strategy

Factories are scrambling to make 20 times more face masks a day to keep up with demand amid coronavirus outbreak, but the masks are surprisingly difficult and expensive to make

Factories have been scrambling to make 20 times more surgical masks and N95 respirators since the beginning of February to address the global face mask shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Development and Reform Commission in China told NPR. N95 respirators are used by healthcare workers to wear while […]
Factories are scrambling to make 20 times more face masks a day to keep up with demand amid coronavirus outbreak, but the masks are surprisingly difficult and expensive to make
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FEMA cancels controversial $55 million contract to a company that’s never manufactured N95 masks after it failed to deliver the order

The Trump administration awarded a $US55 million contract for N95 masks to a company with no experience producing medical supplies and whose parent company filed for bankruptcy protection last year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday told Insider that the contract was cancelled after the company failed to deliver […]
FEMA cancels controversial $55 million contract to a company that’s never manufactured N95 masks after it failed to deliver the order
Lifestyle

Can you reuse a face mask? It won’t be as effective if you do

Unlike cloth face masks, disposable masks like surgical masks and N95 respirators should be thrown out after one use. As a last-resort measure in emergency situations, it is possible to extend the life of a disposable face mask if extreme care is taken. If you use a reusable mask, make […]
Can you reuse a face mask? It won’t be as effective if you do
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The US government sent out a shipment of expired face masks to health workers. Here’s how face masks can expire, and when they’re still usable.

The U.S. government recently sent emergency face masks to several states and cities to help first responders combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, all the masks were expired, the New York Times reported. The specialised masks, called filtering facepiece respirators, can be less effective if the materials degrade […]
The US government sent out a shipment of expired face masks to health workers. Here’s how face masks can expire, and when they’re still usable.