Government has agreed a deal with technology company Honeywell to manufacture 70 million face masks for frontline workers.
The face masks will be manufactured in the UK and delivered to frontline health and care workers following an agreement with the global technology company.
FFP2 and FFP3 masks will be produced over an 18-month period at Honeywell’s site in Newhouse, Scotland, with production set to begin as early as July.
Each month will see up to 4.5m masks roll off the production line, ready for distribution to frontline NHS and social care workers.
Government says the new production line will create approximately 450 new jobs at the Scotland site.
Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock, said: “These 70 million masks are the result of our challenge to UK industry to scale up domestic PPE manufacturing.
“This deal is brilliant news for the whole United Kingdom which will not only deliver the masks we need but create around 450 jobs in Newhouse, Scotland.”
Adding: “I’m delighted to team up with Honeywell to open up another avenue to get millions of masks to the frontline and strengthen our ongoing response to the outbreak.”