White House orders 3M to stop exporting respirators to Canada

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In testimony before a U.S. Senate committee early in March, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Robert Kadlec said the country would need 3.5 billion N95 respirator masks for a "severe" pandemic.

In front of an worldwide backdrop of frenzied buying, dwindling global supply and mounting desperation among North American health-care workers, Minnesota-based 3M appeared poised to defy President Donald Trump's demand that the company's American-made masks, known as N95 respirators, be reserved exclusively for the US market.

"We don't have the hours, much less the minutes to deal with them", said Navarro, in response to which host Tucker Carlson remarked endearingly that the trade adviser continues to be "the most blatant public official in government".

Separately, Trudeau said Amazon Canada will manage the distribution of personal protection equipment to the provinces.

However, 3M added that the government also requested that it stop exporting respirators made in the United States to Canada and Latin America.

He cited nurses that cross the border in Windsor on a daily basis to work in the medical system in Detroit.

But it also said it would cause "significant humanitarian implications" if it stopped distributing masks in markets like Canada and Latin America, and would lead some countries to "retaliate" in kind.

President Trump "hit 3M hard" late Thursday night after Fox News host Tucker Carlson exposed the company has been selling face masks to foreign countries during the COVID-19 pandemic and not filling requests from USA purchasers. "These are things American rely on".

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"It reminds me of what happened in 1939 and 1940 when Canada was part of the fight against global fascism - the United States sat out the first two or three years and actually initially refused to even provide supplies to Canada and the United Kingdom that was leading the fight at the time", Kenney said.

One of the biggest American manufacturers of protective medical gear went to bat for its Canadian customers Friday as it pushed back against a White House order to stop exporting its surgical-grade face masks - mission-critical armour in the war against COVID-19.

"We're working with the administration and China to increase how much we can bring to the U.S. And then we will respond to the requests from FEMA", Roman told Crann.

3M continued to say it is acting on reports of price gouging and unauthorized reselling of its respirators, calling the activity "unethical and illegal". "If people don't give us what we need for our people, we're going to be very tough, and we've been very tough".

3M says it has doubled its worldwide production since January to a rate of almost 100 million N95 masks per month.

"They can sell to others, but they should be taking care of our country", Trump said.

The U.S. -based company's statement comes following a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday in which he wrote: "hit 3M hard [yesterday] after seeing what they were doing with their Masks...will have a big price to pay!" They said "providing these numbers of respirators and surgical masks represents a logistic challenge for USA public health agencies".

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