National Post (National Edition)

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The government has received tens of millions of N95 or K95 masks from around the world to deal with the virus, but 9.5 million of the KN95 masks it received didn't meet quality standards. In a response to an order paper question from Edmonton MP Kelly McCauley, the government said it was still in discussion­s with the suppliers of those masks about resolving the dispute. The KN95 is similar to the N95 masks that became highly sought during the pandemic. The KN95 is a Chinese standard whereas the N95 is an American one. In total the government has ordered nearly $190 million N95 masks and has received roughly half of those. The government has also invested in two facilities to make the masks in Canada.

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