Britain has agreed deals with more than 100 new suppliers of PPE used to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
The government has acknowledged problems with distribution and sourcing sufficient supplies in a competitive international market.
“We have now ordered 2 billion pieces of PPE from homegrown firms, which is also great news for jobs and the economy, and over 3 billion pieces from abroad,” the health minister said in a statement. The deals, some of which had already been announced, include the purchase of 70 million face masks from Honeywell and 14,000 visors per week from Jaguar Land Rover.
At the government’s daily news conference earlier on Tuesday, Hancock said the new supply lines would also allow the government to replenish its PPE stockpiles.
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