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A total of almost 1.7 million masks have been purchased for the States of Washington and Louisiana, Louisiana State University, University of Illinois Chicago, Cook County Housing Authority, some nursing homes, and other smaller institutions in New Orleans and in the Chicago area.

1.7M N95 masks purchased in just three weeks

PHI is working with private partner Rooks Marketing Global (RMG), a U.S. company importing from China, to bring in N95 masks at a price as close to cost as possible for public health departments and hospital staff, at a time when many importers are vastly overpricing their products. A total of almost 1.7 million masks have been purchased for  the States of Washington and Louisiana, Louisiana State University, University of Illinois Chicago, Cook County Housing Authority, some nursing homes, and various  other smaller institutions in New Orleans and in the Chicago area.

To do this successfully meant working together to overcome incredible challenges with vetting factories, products and all materials along the supply chain. RMG mobilized teams in China to visit factories to determine which were real, obtained and verified FDA registrations, validated certifications, arranged logistics, dealt with threats of seizures and continuously changing export and import regulations, as well as changes with FDA guidelines and obstacles in China. All in the space of three weeks.

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