Newson stressed the importance of masks at a news conference on the 22nd
At present, California consumes 46 million masks a month, but needs more, and domestic companies are still unable to meet such a huge demand, Newson said at a news conference. To this end, he announced that he would continue the previous personal protective equipment procurement strategy, which specifically mentioned BYD.
He mentioned the previous cooperation between California and BYD: there was a contract signed with BYD (a Chinese company) in the purchase of personal protective equipment. We made a bold commitment to purchase hundreds of millions of medical surgical masks and N95 masks from BYD. We will continue to maintain the continuous supply chain that we established in May and June, which can guarantee supply. Of the estimated 200 million surgical masks, 193 million have been delivered.
We have also purchased about 146 million N95 masks, and it is expected that 150 million more will arrive in the next few weeks. That contract contains about 300 million N95 masks... So in terms of procurement, we need larger orders and continue to be more bold. Today, we announce in a more formal way that California and BYD have renewed another 120 million N95 masks and 300 million surgical masks The same.
Newson said the California government had tried to get more competitors into the competition for personal protective equipment in order to reduce the price. But thats still not up to the level it should be. Thats why we renewed the contract with BYD. Although there are many manufacturers in California and the United States, they just cant provide such a large order.
According to the renewed purchase contract announced by the California government, the new price of each N95 mask is 2.13 US dollars (about 14.9 yuan), which is lower than the previous contracts 3.3 dollars (about 23.1 yuan); the price of a single medical mask is 0.2 dollars (about 1.4 yuan). Overall, the California government will pay BYD $315 million in the contract.
It is worth mentioning that the mask contract between the California government and BYD has caused certain disputes in the local area. After Newson announced its contract with BYD on April 20 this year, the National Institute of occupational safety and health (NIOSH) twice unreasonably hindered BYD from providing masks to California, citing worrying aspects of design, manufacturing and quality inspection..
During the process, Newson also disclosed that BYD would have to refund half of the deposit to California, that is, 247.5 million US dollars (about 1.75 billion yuan) due to the failure of BYDs N95 masks to obtain federal certification before April 30. However, Newson also admitted that tens of millions of medical surgical masks have arrived in the United States, but failed to explain why N95 masks were not certified.
And Newsons statement at the press conference on the 22nd also broke the previous doubts of BYD from the United States.
According to the data released by the California government, since the outbreak, the state has imported 864 million N95 masks and nearly 300 million medical masks. However, Newson admitted on the 22nd that the government had not reasonably provided these masks to suitable posts, I want to ensure (in the future) that these masks can be delivered to front-line staff.
As of the 22nd, the California government announced the use of masks
But Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for the Emergency Services Department of the governors office in California, did not provide details of the plans to provide the new masks. Meanwhile, Carmela Coyle, President of the California Hospital Association, criticized the confusion in the way California had provided masks to hospitals. Most of the time, hospitals can obtain masks only when the stock of personal protective equipment is very low and with the help of the Regional Coordinator.
In addition, Californias local media calmarters reported that since the outbreak, the California government has purchased medical supplies from many suppliers without verification. In one case, California paid nearly $500 million in March to a company that had only registered for three days to buy 100 million N95 masks. But in the end, the California government canceled the order and got the money back.
Novel coronavirus pneumonia is the largest number of confirmed cases in California, which has surpassed New York in 22 days. As of the morning of the 22nd local time, California has reported about 1100 more confirmed cases than New York, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Newson revealed at noon that day that in the past 24 hours, there were 12807 new confirmed cases in California, the highest single day increase since the outbreak of the epidemic, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases also reached 413576, accounting for about one tenth of the total number of confirmed cases in the United States.
California is one of the first states to detect the epidemic in the United States, and it is also the first region to implement the home order in mid March. But with the gradual lifting of the ban on epidemic prevention in May, the number of confirmed cases, the number of hospitalized patients and the number of deaths in California have increased significantly. Washington Post pointed out that the outbreak of clustering infection in several California prisons is one of the reasons for the spread of the epidemic. Large scale rallies in parts of the state have also caused new infections. Although California issued a state wide mandatory mask order a month ago, at least five counties refused to implement it.
Source: observer.com editor in charge: Chen Hequn_ NB12679