AHS signs agreement with Calgary company to provide Alberta medical staff with face masks

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The Alberta government has contracted a Calgary company to provide more than 40 million medical masks over the next two years.

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro says the $60-million agreement between Alberta Health Services and Orpyx Medical Technologies will ensure the province has sufficient personal protective equipment for its medical staff.

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He says before the COVID-19 pandemic, health workers used about 33,000 masks a day; that number has skyrocketed to 600,000.

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Shandro says the 40 million masks will account for about 10 per cent of what the province needs.

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He says an independent testing lab has reviewed the supply of masks to ensure they meet international clinical standards.

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The review process also involved front-line health-care workers through the AHS Quality Assurance Group.

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