Figure: the Ministry of industry and information technology responded as a big manufacturing country, why is the mask not enough?
According to the Ministry of industry and information technology in official wechat, in fact, the production speed of masks in China is only 0.5 seconds per piece. However, a standard process of analytical disinfection takes 7 days to half a month.
That is to say, the batch of masks produced overtime on the first day of the new year may just be on the market today!
What is analytical disinfection?
The Ministry of industry and information technology pointed out in the official wechat that the medical mask is sterilized with ethylene oxide. After sterilization, there will be ethylene oxide residue on the mask, which not only stimulates the respiratory tract, but also carcinogens. The residual ethylene oxide must be released through analytical method to meet the safety content standard. Only after passing the test can it be delivered to the market.
In this way, there will be a large number of masks coming on the market in the near future.
Huang Libin, spokesman of the Ministry of industry and information technology and director of the operation and monitoring Coordination Bureau, said on February 2 that the production capacity of masks in China is about 20 million per day, and the current recovery rate is more than 60%. For such materials as masks, which are in short supply, the Ministry of industry and information technology is fully mobilizing enterprises to overcome the difficulties of Spring Festival holidays and the spread of the epidemic and return to work as soon as possible.
On February 5, Hao Fuqing, deputy director of the social development department of the national development and Reform Commission, introduced at the press conference of the joint defense and joint control mechanism of the State Council that as of February 3, the output of masks in 22 key provinces had reached 14.806 million, an increase of 3.1% on a month on month basis, the capacity utilization rate reached 67%, and the month on month increase of 2%. Among them, the most urgent N95 masks have reached 116000, an increase of 48% month on month. The daily output of other medical masks was 9.98 million, up 36% month on month.
On the whole, the output of masks has continued to rise, especially the medical N95 masks urgently needed in the front line of prevention and treatment, which are guaranteed with priority and grow faster. As for the problem that some enterprises are worried about the overcapacity in the future, we emphasize again that the government will collect and store the surplus output after the epidemic. As long as it meets the standards, enterprises can fully organize production. Hao Fuqing said.
It is reported that China has nearly half of the worlds mask production capacity. In 2015-2019, the mask industry in mainland China developed rapidly, and the output value growth rate remained above 10%.
In 2019, the output of masks in mainland China will exceed 5 billion, and the output value will reach 10.235 billion yuan. Among them, 54% of medical masks can be used for virus protection.
Over the past few days, a number of policies have worked together to release the production capacity of medical materials in Hubei Province.