TORONTO (Sputnik) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said that limiting the flow of essential goods and personnel across the US-Canada border is a mistake after the United States blocked the export of COVID-19 equipment.
On Friday, American manufacturing giant 3M warned of consequences and retaliatory tactics against the United States, should the Trump administration continue to limit the export of personal protective equipment, intended for frontline medical professionals abroad.
On Thursday, the Trump administration formally invoked the Defence Production Act (DPA) to require 3M to prioritize orders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for N95 respirators.
This development follows news on Thursday that a shipment of equipment destined for Canada was diverted to the United States.
The N95 respirator mask is a crucial piece of equipment, especially for healthcare workers treating infected patients because it contains a filter that removes the coronavirus from air breathed by the user.