President Donald Trump announced on Monday a contract with U.S. manufacturing giant 3M to provide millions of face masks to fight the coronavirus pandemic after an international distribution dispute.
"We have a very friendly agreement with 3M to supply an additional 55.5 million high quality face masks per month," he said.
"We'll have 166.5 million masks for our healthcare workers over the next few months, so the 3M saga ends very happily."
Trump attacked the U.S. company last week for failing to move all of its sales home, referring to the Korean War Defense Production Act against the U.S.
Some critics accused 3M of unpatriotic behavior for continuing to sell N95 respirators to other countries.
"We have the same goal of providing Americans in our country with much-needed breathing apparatus," said Mike Roman, 3M chairman.
"Given the fact that the demand for respiratory protection equipment exceeds supply, we are working around the clock to further expand our capacity."
Overloaded US healthcare facilities have warned that protective equipment inventories are critically low and some may be used up in a matter of days.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resisted Trump's pressure on 3M and said it would be a mistake to reduce cross-border trade in medical devices during the crisis.
The company said it will continue to sell masks to Canada and Latin America.
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