The United States has blocked the export of nearly 3 million N95 masks to Ontario, a province of Canada, in the context that this locality is facing a supply shortage.
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday cited the Defense Production Act of 1950, giving the government or any authority to stop the export of 3 million N95 masks to Canada and Latin America, according to Guardian.
During a press conference on April 6, Governor of Ontario Doug Ford said a shipment of nearly 3 million masks was stopped by US officials at the South Dakota facility.
“We know that the US does not allow cross-border supply of goods. The cruel fact is that our supply in Ontario is increasingly depleted and the number of new cases increasing is increasing the demand for medical supplies. also increased, “said Ford.
3M, the maker of the N95 mask, initially opposed to President Trump’s orders, said that continuing to export is an act of “significant humanitarian significance” to the country desperately seeking protective equipment. medical household.
Over the weekend, Mr. Trump harshly criticized the company, warning that they would “pay dearly”.
“We need masks. We don’t want other countries to have it. That’s why we created a defense production law. You can call this retaliation because it is retaliation itself.” If we don’t give us what we need for our people, we will be rude, “Mr. Trump said.
3M did not directly respond to the US president’s statement, but said it was “maximizing the output of masks to provide for the heroic health workers in the United States and around the world”.
The N95 respirator, which is capable of filtering 95% of airborne particles, is considered an important tool for frontline health workers in the fight against Covid-19.