Scarcity of raw material squeezes N95 mask makers

RAW SHORTAGE? A worker at Outdoor Research in Seattle handles filter material for face masks the company produces. A key challenge for N95 mask manufacturers racing to meet spiking demand is scarcity of meltblown textile. / OUTDOOR RESEARCH VIA AP/GERARDO VILLALOBOS
RAW SHORTAGE? A worker at Outdoor Research in Seattle handles filter material for face masks the company produces. A key challenge for N95 mask manufacturers racing to meet spiking demand is scarcity of meltblown textile. / OUTDOOR RESEARCH VIA AP/GERARDO VILLALOBOS
FRESNO, Calif. – White House officials say U.S. hospitals have all the medical supplies needed to battle the deadly virus, but front-line workers, hospital officials and even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say that’s not the case. Shortfalls of medical N95 respirators – commonly referred to as N95 masks – and other gear started…

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