The UK Government Rejects 50M Masks Due to Safety Concerns


After the  World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic, they directed people to be careful and vigilant. The governments in various countries gave directives according to the degree of impact of the coronavirus in those states. Among the directives which the health authorities are giving to people, the wearing of face masks is the most common order.

A face mask help to control the spread of coronavirus in various ways. Firstly, it prevents the virus suspended in the air from getting to a person who wears a mask. Secondly, it prevents saliva droplets from landing to another person while talking or sneezing. There have been many updates concerning the face mask.

The updates started from big companies commencing on large production of the face mask to meet the global demand. Some designed them to meet their specifications, such as fitness bands. However, there have been cases of shortages of the masks and fraud related to tenders of the masks. Unfortunately, people want to take advantage of the situation instead of helping people.

Scientists have done different studies concerning the face masks and have come up with different findings. Some of these are on how to properly use the mask, type of fabric to use, and specifications depending on the target market.

The UK authority had ordered some masks through a deal but it turned out some masks did not meet the standards. The government says that masks that use ear-loop straps are not fitting tightly on one’s face. It purchased the face mask for health workers from Ayanda Capital Limited as part of an agreement.

What the Ayanda Capital Ltd Company Was Saying about the Masks

The firm says that the face mask had met the requirements that the government had put. The 1st person who talked to the government concerning the contract is still the one who advises the panel of Ayanda.

The Back Story

During the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the NHS had a problem with few available PPEs. The government promised to take care of their demands. Late April, the Department of Health and Social Care authorized 252 million pounds to deal with Ayanda to deliver 2 types of masks. The costly part of the deal was of over 45 million FFP2 masks.

The Government’s New Decision Concerning The Use Of FFP2 Masks

The government announced that the healthcare workers will not use the face masks in the NHS. A report said that there was an issue of safety standards particularly on whether the masks would fit the workers properly. The Ayanda Capital also delivered over 145 million type IIR face masks. However, the safety concern issue does not include them.

Alan Murray’s Views

Alan is the chief executive of the British Safety Industry Federation.

“The face fit is either a pass or a fail. There are more fails on products with ear loops than there are on products with head harnesses. That means that it wouldn’t necessarily provide the protection that the health authorities required from it.”

What the Government Reveals

The government revealed that the 1st moves to sell the face masks came from Andrew Mills. His firm got the opportunity to the maximum manufacturing capacity of a huge plant to manufacture mask. The company could also offer a huge amount quickly.

However, Andrew solicited the government to authorize the deal of the masks with Ayanda as it could plan foreign payment faster.




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