Due to COVID-19, there has been a spike in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), resulting in supply chain disruption as many PPE comes from China. According to the South China Morning Post, “China is now making more than 100 million masks a day, up from 20 million before the coronavirus outbreak.” Healthcare workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic are facing a dire shortage of testing supplies and PPE that keeps them safe and able to care for patients. Earlier this month, the World Healthcare Organization called on industries to increase manufacturing of PPE by 40% to meet the rising global demand.
“There have been many grassroots efforts that have popped up in response to this supply chain challenge. What we’ve done with the GENTL Mask is created an innovative mask design that is incredibly simple to make at scale,” said Chris Michaud, VP, EPAM Continuum.