A significant boost to PPE supplies which aims to help meet demand in the health and social care sectors has been announced by Government.
It has signed deals with more than 100 new suppliers from around the world, including securing a further 3.7bn gloves to help meet the expected demand.
Government says it has also supported industry to significantly boost domestic production with companies signing contracts to manufacture over 2bn items of PPE in the UK, including facemasks, visors, gowns and aprons.
Commenting on the move, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock said: “Last month, I set a national challenge to ensure we continue to supply enough PPE to those on the frontline of this battle.
“We have now signed deals with over 100 suppliers across the world to secure more PPE, and at the same we have ramped up domestic production. We have now ordered 2 billion pieces of PPE from homegrown firms which is also great news for jobs and the economy, and over 3 billion pieces from abroad.”
Adding: “Worldwide demand for PPE has never been higher so I want to thank Paul [Lord Deighton] for his work in ensuring that PPE continues to be delivered to where it is needed.”
The UK has worked with numerous international partners to procure additional PPE supplies throughout the pandemic with a new team been established to secure new supply lines from across the world.
Government said it will continue to strengthen and diversify the supply chain.