Skip to content
More from
Bloomberg
Politics
relates to Frenetic Campaign Schedule is Coming Together: Trump Update
relates to Pelosi, Mnuchin Trade Blame on Unending Stimulus Stalemate relates to New York and New Jersey Cases at Highest Since May: Virus Update relates to Trump Decries Push to ‘Test, Test, Test’ as He Ramps Up Rallies relates to France Recalls Ambassador to Ankara After Erdogan Comment relates to Afghan Forces Say They Killed Al-Qaeda Terrorist al-Masri relates to Peru Congress Sets Impeachment, Pension Vote for Oct. 31 relates to Venezuela’s Opposition Leader Lopez Flees to Colombia relates to Trump Thwarted in Latest Bid to Kill Solar-Tariff Loophole relates to Italy Mulls Partial Lockdown as Cases, Hospitalizations Jump relates to Frenetic Campaign Schedule is Coming Together: Trump Update
relates to Pelosi, Mnuchin Trade Blame on Unending Stimulus Stalemate relates to New York and New Jersey Cases at Highest Since May: Virus Update relates to Trump Decries Push to ‘Test, Test, Test’ as He Ramps Up Rallies relates to France Recalls Ambassador to Ankara After Erdogan Comment relates to Afghan Forces Say They Killed Al-Qaeda Terrorist al-Masri relates to Peru Congress Sets Impeachment, Pension Vote for Oct. 31 relates to Venezuela’s Opposition Leader Lopez Flees to Colombia relates to Trump Thwarted in Latest Bid to Kill Solar-Tariff Loophole relates to Italy Mulls Partial Lockdown as Cases, Hospitalizations Jump relates to Frenetic Campaign Schedule is Coming Together: Trump Update
relates to Pelosi, Mnuchin Trade Blame on Unending Stimulus Stalemate relates to New York and New Jersey Cases at Highest Since May: Virus Update relates to Trump Decries Push to ‘Test, Test, Test’ as He Ramps Up Rallies relates to France Recalls Ambassador to Ankara After Erdogan Comment relates to Afghan Forces Say They Killed Al-Qaeda Terrorist al-Masri relates to Peru Congress Sets Impeachment, Pension Vote for Oct. 31 relates to Venezuela’s Opposition Leader Lopez Flees to Colombia relates to Trump Thwarted in Latest Bid to Kill Solar-Tariff Loophole relates to Italy Mulls Partial Lockdown as Cases, Hospitalizations Jump
Politics

Trump Reaches Deal With 3M on Face Masks for U.S. Virus Fight

Updated on

Trump Reaches Deal With 3M on Face Masks for U.S. Virus Fight

U.S. Mask Export Ban Faces Backlash

President Donald Trump said his administration reached a deal for 3M Co. to provide an additional 55.5 million masks a month for U.S. health-care workers and others fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

“So the 3M saga ends very happily,” Trump said at a White House news conference Monday.

Trump has said he invoked the Defense Production Act to ban the export of supplies needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic, triggering a fight with 3M and allies including Canada. He’s used the act and his public pulpit to excoriate companies he sees as not fully cooperating with the government’s efforts to fight the virus.

Under the new deal, 3M will import the additional respirator masks -- a total of 166.5 million over a three-month span -- primarily from its manufacturing facility in China, the company said in a statement. The supply will supplement 3M’s current output of 35 million masks a month from a pair of U.S. facilities.

3M said it will be allowed to continue exporting some masks to Canada and Latin America from the U.S. The company pushed back last week against a request from the administration to halt exports of protective face masks, saying the move would cut off critical supplies for neighboring countries and raise “significant” humanitarian concerns.

— With assistance by Rick Clough