As Ontario works towards creating more protective equipment for frontline workers, it looks like the premier of Ontario is doing everything he can to help out. Doug Ford shared an uplifting update on the province’s PPE shortage this Tuesday, revealing that a factory in Vaughn has begun producing COVID-19 respirator masks. Ford was even spotted at the facility helping to collect some of the masks.
Woodbridge Auto Group has now been commissioned to make the new protective material. Newstalk 1010 reported that the company would produce masks similar to the highly sought-after N95 covers to help protect front-line workers from pathogens.
According to CP24, Health Canada recently gave the factory the green light to begin mass production of the masks, which will help aid the shortage of PPE facing provincial hospitals.
Ford and members of his staff were on site today to collect 1,000 of the new protective gear, which will immediately be put into distribution. A factory in Kitchener, Ontario, is also producing the masks.
“While our government continues to pursue and exhaust every avenue available to secure the PPE needed to fight COVID-19, today marks the beginning of Ontario moving towards greater self-sufficiency on vital supplies that will keep us well equipped now and into the future,” Premier Doug Ford said in a statement.
I am very pleased that a resolution has been reached between 3M and the U.S. administration. I want to thank 3M and… https://t.co/rTYqq0aQil— Doug Ford (@Doug Ford)1586221795.0
Ford warned on Monday that the province could run out of protective equipment for health care staff by the start of next week if the Canada-U.S.medical supplies block persisted.
The grave prediction came after the premier lashed out against President Trump for asking 3M to cut off a shipment of three million masks to Canada last week.
We’re strengthening our manufacturing might to best protect you and your family. #COVID19 https://t.co/cf2YN0RPtn— Doug Ford (@Doug Ford)1586179678.0
However, 3M and the Trump Administration released a statement on Monday evening announcing a new plan that would allow Canada to received its masks.
Yet, this isn't the first time that Ford has been spotted lending a helping hand.
Last week, Ford was spotted moving boxes of masks into his pickup truck after he discovered that a Markham company had extra that they were willing to donate to local hospitals.