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Canadian government calls for help for COVID-19 supplies

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The Canadian government has issued a call to educational institutions and suppliers that have resources, including 3D printing capabilities, to help Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Justin Trudeau’s government is specifically looking for help from those that can supply much-needed medical products including N95 face masks, disposable surgical masks and more.

In a LinkedIn post, the prime minister wrote: “To every university, college, polytechnic, and CEGEP in the country: We need your expertise and your resources. If you have masks and ventilators we can use, or if you think you can help with things like 3D printing of medical supplies, let us know.”

Canadian government COVID-19

The full list of items issued by the Canadian government is the following: Disposable N95 masks, disposable surgical masks, nitrile gloves, vinyl gloves, hospital gowns, hand sanitizer. and other prevention products. The government is also seeking services, such as nursing services, security guard services, IT support services and more. Those able to offer any items or services on the list, or any unlisted items which may be of use, are asked to fill out a submission form.

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates at a terrifying rate, countries around the globe are mobilizing to both contain and manage the viral spread. At time of writing, Canada has reported 27 COVID-19 related deaths and a total of 2,792 cases – a number which is expected to grow as testing is ramped up across the country. To date, 125,062 people have been tested for the virus.

In recent days, the provinces of Quebec and Ontario have implemented some of the country’s most serious measures so far, ordering all non-essential businesses to close for three weeks. The decision from the provincial governments was made with the aim of easing the oncoming burden to their respective healthcare systems. Elsewhere in the country, containment measures like social distancing, closed schools and bars have been put into place to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The official Canadian government response to the crisis can he found here. For more about additive manufacturing and the fight against COVID-19, see our dedicated forum.

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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