How Governments are battling with Masks Procurement Globally

As novel coronavirus spreads across the globe companies are changing track to fight COVID-19 from deo’s to hand sanitizer, Mobiles to face masks, people are rushing to medical stores to buy hand sanitizers and face masks. More than 100 countries are affected by this deadly virus and amongst them, the top 10 worst-affected countries by #COVID19 are China, Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany, USA, France, South Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom (UK).

Italy, the worst-hit country in Europe, is getting 800,000 face masks from South Africa, but it still needs at least 10 million more. Even though the workers are churning out 300,000 masks a day – and it’s still not enough.

As a result, the demand for protective masks and sanitizers has gone up. COVID-19 has caused a sudden increase in the demand for face masks.

Due to this shortage, many companies are repurposing their production lines to join the fight against COVID-19. The COVID-19 outbreak poses unprecedented challenges to businesses, governments, and societies around the world. Organizations are reacting in different ways to ensure business continuity, improve
the flexibility of their supply chain or adopt innovative ways to generate revenue.

WHO is working day and night to analyze data, provide advice, coordinate with partners, help countries prepare, increase supplies and manage expert networks. They have already estimated that 89 million medical masks will be required every month. Due to limited access to supplies such as gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns, and aprons. WHO calls on industry, suppliers, and governments to increase manufacturing. While the WHO has shipped supplies to 47 countries including Iran, Cambodia, and Uganda.

As production of masks is not as easy as you imagine. And there’s now a global shortage of melt-blown fabric due to the increased demand for masks — and the difficulty in producing this material.

Hospitals are running out of masks, gowns and eye protection. New supplies aren’t being made rapidly enough to keep up with demand, and stockpiles seem to be decreasing. This is resulting in an unusual and remarkably worldwide shortage of medical face masks, which invites a re-emerging debate about their value in an epidemic. Doctors rely on effective use of personal protective equipment—gloves, face masks, air-purifying respirators, goggles, face shields, respirators, and gowns. A critical shortage of all of these is projected to develop or has already developed in areas of high demand.

Both the masks made for medical personnel and for consumer purchase require a once-obscure material called melt-blown fabric. It’s an extremely fine mesh of synthetic polymer fibers that forms the critical inner filtration layer of a mask, allowing the wearer to breath while reducing the inflow of possible infectious particles.

An important challenge in this context is to immediately search and qualify suppliers. However, in many cases, the existing supplier base can be leveraged to avoid lengthy qualifications and onboarding processes.

Clearly, there is a shortage of manufactured N95 respirators. You know this. Healthcare workers know this.

You can help. Today, right now. As a supplier, you can do something to help others. Hospitals and doctors are reaching out via social media to ask for mission-critical help in solving the shortage of N95-type masks during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you are one of those suppliers who can supply the following items, click the below items to know more.

Disposable N95 masks
Disposable surgical masks
Medical Mask
Mask Respirator

TendersInfo are one of the largest Public Procurement Support and through our Tender Portal we can help you in providing information on E-procurement, Public Tenders, Government bids, International Bidding opportunities, etc. We help business from all sectors and countries with potential tender leads that help them grow their business globally through Tendering and as a proactive measure to help the government find suppliers of essential medical emergency related products and equipment We are “Calling all suppliers – Help Governments combat Coronavirus disease”

It is our hope that every government successfully achieves their target procurement to the maximum, through the buoyant network of suppliers.

As we have now reached a critical phase where healthcare workers that are putting themselves on the line do not have enough protective equipment for themselves. Through our efforts we can help together with other complementary efforts around the world, we would be able to beat this pandemic in a good time and make the world safer.

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