A Florida manufacturer that pounced on the N95 mask shortage at the start of the pandemic and retooled to churn them out now has 30 million of the coverings going begging.
DemeTech, a factory based in Miami, blames its woes on lower prices for Chinese-made N95s. Wholesale dealers say the problem is Americans are wary of new makers of the devices. A few dozen other US manufacturers are reportedly in similar straits.
This all began early last year when China, which produced half of all the N95 masks made around the world, was accused of hoarding them amid the initial scare over the coronavirus, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
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