California in new deal with Chinese mask maker

California will spend an additional USD 315 million on protective masks through a contract with a Chinese manufacturer.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the deal with BYD on Wednesday as he touted California's efforts to procure masks for health care and other essential workers.

Newsom signed a USD 1 billion contract with BYD in April and the first masks began arriving last month after delays.

Newsom said California will soon launch a competitive bidding process to try to get more masks at lower prices.

But he also acknowledged the masks aren't always getting to workers that need them and pledged a more aggressive state response.
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