Millions of protective coverall suits will soon head to hospitals to shield workers from the coronavirus, the HHS said Wednesday.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced an agreement with DuPont for expedited delivery of 450,000 protective Tyvek suits for medical workers from its Hanoi, Vietnam, manufacturing site. The suits provide a barrier between the wearer and fine particles and chemicals.
The agency expects to receive a total of 2.25 million of the suits over the next five weeks with an option to continue purchasing up to a total of 4.5 million Tyvek suits.
“We are working around the world, in partnership with other federal agencies and the private sector, to find opportunities like this to drive personal protective equipment production, secure supplies, and accelerate delivery,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.
The Strategic National Stockpile has distributed millions of N95 respirators, surgical masks and face masks, face shields, gloves, and disposable gowns to help combat the spread of Covid-19, according to the HHS.