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The Quebec government is buying 300,000 visors for doctors, nurses and first responders manufactured by Bauer to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, following the hockey gear manufacturer's announcement on March 25 that it planned to retool its operation to start mass production on face shields to address demands for the products amidst the Covid-19 crisis.

Health Minister Danielle McCann and Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon made the announcement on Sunday.

Production will start next week. Projections show that 10,000 to 15,000 visors will be sent to the health network the first week, and 40,000 to 50,000 for the following weeks.

“This collaboration with the Bauer company will allow us to better meet our short-term needs, and to ensure a regular supply for this essential protection tool for the weeks and months to come,” said McCann.

The company, which had been shutting down its two facilities in Quebec and New York state because of restrictions tied to the pandemic, said on Wednesday [March 25] it would instead use them to produce medical equipment.

Source: Reuters, CTV News

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