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3M says it will continue to send N95 respirators to Canada

BY , Apr 7, 2020 1:48 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

A man wears a protective face mask as he walks past the emergency department of the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. Friday, April 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

3M says it will continue to send N95 respirators to Canada after reaching an agreement with the White House to import millions of the increasingly scarce medical face masks from China for use in the United States.

The Minnesota-based company announced the news in a release late Monday after President Donald Trump said 3M would be producing 166.5 million masks over the next few months for the U.S. market.

Trump picked a fight with 3M last week after hearing reports it was selling its masks outside the U.S. despite the fact there wasn't enough supply in the country to meet the needs of health care workers battling COVID-19.

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