Six million masks to be made in February
Textile manufacturers are ramping up production of masks to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (VINATEX).
The group set a target to make 5.5-6 million masks by the end of February, while maintaining a steady supply of 10 tonnes of anti-bacterial cotton for medical mask makers across the country, enough to produce up to three million masks daily.
The group said its members have shifted to mask production after the virus outbreak in China. It has made promises that masks will be produced following strict quality-control standards and sold at no more than what it costs to make them.
Medical facilities, schools, airlines and the army will be prioritised in receiving mask supplies. Only ten per cent of the group’s production will be sold directly at selected venues at a maximum of five masks per person per day.
The group said some of its companies are setting up dedicated operations for mask making and output could still be improved to 12 million masks a month by March.
Vietnam News – February 17, 2020