Ford applauds deal for continued shipment of N95 masks to Canada

Grant Boone
April 7, 2020

And, on Monday, April 6, he told Global News: "We had three million masks stopped at the border this weekend coming up to Canada".

Minnesota-based 3M, which has been at the centre of a clash with President Donald Trump and his administration over the company's reluctance to abide by orders to prioritize American demand for the masks, confirmed plans to continue to fill orders in Canada and Latin America.

According to the statement, the imported masks to match the deal in the plan will primarily come from China.

Ontario, the most-populous province in Canada, complained on Monday the United States had blocked the export of more than 3 million face masks it bought to fight the coronavirus outbreak, while Ottawa said it was pressuring Washington to release the gear.

Ford said he would be calling US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to press home the point. He also said the province's stock of personal protective equipment would run out in a week. "We're having a real issue with our USA counterparts".

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Bankers and investors warned on Friday that Luckin's issues were likely to weigh on other Chinese companies considering a U.S. That equates to about 40% of the annual sales projected by analysts, according to Refinitiv IBES data.

"These conversations have been progressing well and we are optimistic that the USA government will grant Canada an exemption", the office said. About 14 million people live in Ontario, representing over a third of Canada's population.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sidestepped reporters' questions about the issue on Monday, saying his government was in productive talks with the United States and adding: "We expect those shipments to be delivered".

"Secretary Pompeo reiterated the United States' desire to work with Canada to ensure the viability of worldwide supply chains for crucial medical supplies and personnel, while also meeting the needs of regions with the most severe outbreaks", the summary said.

Separately, Canadian medical health officials said the death toll in the country from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, had risen to 293 from 258 on Sunday.

The province has also confirmed an additional 13 deaths in people confirmed to have the virus, pushing the total number of fatalities so far to 132. Testing does not track down all cases in a community because the mild symptoms most people have aren't distinguishable from common colds and because public health can't test large numbers of people.

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