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Dr McCullough says that 3M is likewise increasing production, adding additional shifts and improving performance.
” We can make the exact same products but faster; we are including new lines and we are looking at some little modifications to specific items, taking a look at brand-new headbands, for instance,” she states.
So will the international supply hold up?
” In the instant term, probably not, sadly – the uptick we’ve seen has actually been unmatched and depending on how individuals are thinking about them as a consumer item, demand far overtakes international supply,” says Mr Hovey.
But, he includes, “We’re having a good discussion with governments around preparing for the future, and we make certain that strategic stockpiles are sufficiently supplied.
” If – god forbid – another scenario like this takes place, jointly we’ll be able to react quickly and successfully.”