US military to make up to 5 million respirator masks available to public as coronavirus spreads, Pentagon says
- The Department of Defense is preparing to make up to 5 million N95 respirator masks available to the public, the defense secretary said Tuesday.
- The Pentagon is also providing up to 2,000 deployable ventilators and making 14 certified coronavirus testing facilities available to the public.
- “We hope this will provide excess capacity to the civilian population,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
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To support ongoing domestic efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus, which causes the illness COVID-19, the US military will provide millions of masks, Pentagon leadership said Tuesday.
“The Department of Defense will make available up to 5 million N95 respirator masks and other personal protective equipment from our own strategic reserves to Health and Human Services for distribution,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said.
“The first 1 million masks will be made available immediately,” he added.
COVID-19 has spread to more than 5,800 people and killed nearly 1,000 people in the US. As the illness spreads domestically, masks and other protective equipment are becoming hard to get, selling out in many places.
“We hope this will provide excess capacity to the civilian population,” Esper said.
Additional support measures include providing up to 2,000 deployable ventilators to …continued .
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