Trump Seeks to Halt US Company Exporting Masks to Latin America and Canada

According to 3M, the measure will have 'significant humanitarian implications'; US recommends citizens to wear cloth masks when leaving home.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One day after President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act, a legislation created in the 1950s to force industrial giant 3M to increase the pace of mask manufacturing used by medical professionals treating people infected with the coronavirus, the company alerted to the potential impacts of the measure on the rest of the world.

In a statement published on Friday morning, 3M, one of the world's largest mask manufacturers, said it has been expanding its production capacity to meet government demand. This also includes importing millions of masks from the company's units in . . .

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