Coronavirus: authorities keep cover on certain names and prices of companies under PPE contract – National

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Federal Liberals have given companies more than $ 5.8 billion in COVID-19 related contracts for personal protective equipment and medical supplies.The latest figures provided by the government also show that about two-fifths of the total contracts awarded as of July 16 went to domestic suppliers, with some of them having reorganized operations to provide the necessary masks, gowns, gloves and ventilators. .

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But many details about the companies involved and the amounts of their contracts are kept out of the public eye.

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Nowhere is this more evident than in the data on N95 respirator masks, where all but one vendor had their identities hidden.

The one identified, AMD Medicom Inc., which has a facility in the Montreal area, has not published the value of its contract.

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