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Associated Press: Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many millions of N95 masks are pouring out of American factories and heading into storage. Yet doctors and nurses say there still aren't enough. While supply and demand issues surrounding N95 respirators are well-documented, until now the reasons for this discrepancy have been unclear. 

"How could this be happening? You have an obvious need, and you have a tremendous engine of supply,” said Tony Uphoff, president and CEO of Thomas, an online platform for product sourcing. Uphoff said that for decades the N95 market was stable, so when the virus upended the supply chain, procurement officers were unprepared to respond.

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Plant Services: Thomasnet.com launches vaccine manufacturing resources

Thomas, the leader in product sourcing, supplier, selection, and marketing solutions for industry, announced its new product sourcing category 'Vaccine Cold Chain Logistics and Supply'. Established in response to increased sourcing demands related to the global COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the new category identifies the top 1,200 North American manufacturing suppliers ready to provide the essential supplies needed for production and distribution of the vaccine.

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Plastics Today: Are Face Masks Keeping Us Safe, Polluting the Oceans, Projecting Our Politics, or All of the Above

In discussing the continued demand for face masks, Thomas' 2020 Q4 Sourcing Activity Report is mentioned: Face masks was the number-one category, followed by nitrile gloves and hand sanitizers. Face masks saw the biggest increase in sourcing activity in Q42020 over Q42019. Just like last quarter, "face masks are at the top of the list, up 38,239% over last year's sourcing figures"

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