WASHINGTON, D.C., August 4, 2021 — A spokesperson for the American Mask Manufacturers Association (AMMA) issued the following statement after today’s request from the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) and others calling for the Biden Administration to prioritize foreign imports of PPE supplies due to expected shortages:
“HIDA’s request to import more Chinese and other foreign sources of masks and PPE is irresponsible. It threatens the health and safety of every American and undercuts the notion of being prepared with American-made products for a pandemic. Domestic PPE manufacturing, offering Americans better quality than overseas supply sources, is available and can solve for these problems. Rather, this request would see us revert back to an overreliance on Chinese masks and other PPE – the same strategy that led to our shortages last year. The Biden Administration and all policymakers should oppose this request to go oversees for masks and other PPE and instead buy them from American manufacturers ready to support the interests of America.
AMMA members answered the country’s call for high quality, American-made surgical masks at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge HIDA to encourage their healthcare customers to purchase American-made PPE and masks so that our heroic frontline workers do not have their safety put at risk by relying on foreign-made products. We urge the Biden Administration to heed our warning that bolstering supply chains to increase Chinese and other foreign sources of masks and PPE would threaten the health and welfare of every American wearing one. American mask manufacturers are ready to answer the call to meet these expected shortages and encourage the Biden Administration to seek our assistance.”
The American Mask Manufacturers Association (AMMAunited.org) is dedicated to bringing strategic mask manufacturing back to America. The association represents 28 manufacturers who answered the country’s call for critical PPE during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic when global supply chains failed.