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Amazon manufacturing face masks, to sell at cost price

With the outbreak of coronavirus epidemic, the demand for face mask, a primary protective gear, shot up and there was a manufacturing vacuum that led to shortages, price gouging and hoarding. In this background, the ecommerce giant has stepped into the shoes of the mask maker. In another development, a team of Harvard and MIT researchers have developed a face mask equipped to test corona on the go.

WASHINGTON, May 19: Amazon is manufacturing face masks for the healthcare personnel to protect them against coronavirus infection during their service to covid patients. The company said it will be able to sell quality masks to the professionals at cost price because of its own manufacturing units and the supply system at its disposal. Later it will be offered to other customers at its marketplace.

The company has already donated 10,000 face masks to frontline health workers and will provide an additional 20,000 in the coming weeks. It will also later sell hundreds of thousands of masks on Amazon.com at cost in a few weeks time.

However, Amazon is not the first company to use its resources to diversify to manufacture the shield to meet the healthcare emergency. Apple, Space X, HP and Ford have also used their facilities to manufacture the protective gear.

There has been a manufacturing vacuum when coronavirus outbreak began as the demand shot up. There was shortage and hoarding too. Subsequently, Amazon urged Congress to make a law to prevent price gouging.

Harvard, MIT researchers develop face mask equipped to test corona

Meanwhile, Harvard and MIT researchers are developing a face mask that lights up when it detects coronavirus. This is no new discovery. They have been into the venture of developing sensors for ebola and zika viruses. And now what they are doing is adapting the sensor to detect coronavirus.

The sensors will be embedded in the face mask. When someone nearby coughs or sneezes or breathes out the virus the sensors will light up a fluorescent lsignal.

Suitably customised, this device can screen passengers at airport checkins or patients at hospitals on the spot. This will be a cheaper and quicker alternative to traditional diagnostic tests. according to Business Insider.

Jim Collins of MIT, a pioneer in synthetic biology, said his team hopes to demonstrate the working of the device in the next few weeks.





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