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    Military Is Employ Technology That Will Make Face Masks Reusable

    Pentagon to ramp up N95 mask production by over 39 million over the next 90 days
    The Pentagon is investing more than $500 million to satisfy the need for protective masks in the novel coronavirus response, including sterilization efforts so medical professionals can safely reuse masks up to 20 times.

    The Defense Department has delivered 10 million N95 respirators to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is "prepared to provide 10 million more," Defense Secretary Mark Esper told defense reporters at a Pentagon briefing Tuesday. "On Friday, we received approval for our first Defense Production Act project, investing $133 million to increase domestic production of N95 masks to over 39 million in the next 90 days," Esper said.

    "This will help ensure our government has the industrial capacity to meet the nation's needs." The Pentagon has also awarded a $415 million contract -- on behalf of HHS -- for 60 critical-care decontamination systems, which will sterilize nearly five million N95 respirators per day, he added."This will allow medical professionals to reuse masks and will reduce the nation's need for new inventory," Esper said.

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