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Trump and 3M reach deal to allow N95 face masks to be exported to Canada

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US officials had stopped shipment at 3M factory after Trump invoked Defense Production Act to halt exports to Canada and beyond

The Trump administration has agreed a deal with the US manufacturer 3M to import more than 166 million respirators from China over the next three months and allow 3M to continue exporting its US-made respirators.

The agreement breaks a deadlock which resulted in Washington stopping nearly three million of the specialized masks from being exported to Ontario, stirring fears that Canada’s most populous province would run out of supplies for medical staff battling coronavirus by the end of the week.

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