Honeywell, 3M, O&M Halyard, Draeger, and Moldex have received contracts with the U.S. government to supply a total of 600 million N95 respirator masks, an HHS spokesperson said Monday.
The masks will be delivered over the next 18 months.
“This purchase supports long-term production while encouraging manufacturers to increase production of N95 respirators now—with the guarantee that they will not be left with excess supplies if private sector orders are cancelled once the COVID-19 response subsides,” the Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said in a statement.
Honeywell and 3M will supply 190 million each, O&M Halyard will supply about 130 million, Draeger will supply almost 50 million, and Moldex will supply about 38 million.
The HHS is buying directly from the companies, and will provide the masks to states at no cost, according to the spokesperson.
The government will pay $172.9 million to 3M, $148.2 million to Honeywell, $62.3 million to O&M, $31.2 million to Draeger, and $28.5 million to Moldex.