Feds leading bulk buy of personal protective equipment amid coronavirus outbreak: PM

Ottawa is co-ordinating a national effort to secure personal protective gear — which includes items such as face masks — amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his deputy Chrystia Freeland have asked provincial leaders to communicate their “state of readiness” for the novel coronavirus and identify gaps in supply or capacity.

“We are reaching out to you today to ensure that as a country, we are as prepared as we can be, and to reconfirm for you that the Government of Canada is ready to support you and all Canadians,” they said in a note to premiers that was not publicly released.

“We are already leading a bulk procurement of personal protective equipment in which many of you are participating. We are ready to convene and help.”

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