Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Los Angeles had agreed to purchase 24 million N95 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. masksHoneywell made them and resold them to hospitals or nursing homes.
The news brought some hope amid widespread concern about the shortage of personal protective equipment for first responders. Buyers sought to purchase the products at a low price. masks.
A little over a decade later, with maskWith demand slowing down and supplies becoming more plentiful, the city has resold less than one-third of Honeywell N95. masksAccording to records reviewed and verified by The Times, it has received $19 million.
The city spent approximately $10.4 million on the project. masksRecords show that there have been resales of about $3.4 Million so far this year, with the highest being May 4, according to records. The city is currently receiving 1.2million masksYou can pay once a month, and then you will be charged as soon as the shipment arrives.
Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, who helped oversee the city’s program to buy and resell personal protective gear, cautioned that it was too early to judge the success of the maskExpectations of sales dips due to initiative are also expected.
“We’re gonna have some stockpile, we’re gonna keep selling,”Seroka stated.
The city paid 79cs per item mask — less than the $3.30 per maskCalifornia signed a deal to purchase BYD’s Chinese automaker. The city also received smaller shipments of the masks upfront under its deal and didn’t get the bigger orders until the summer and fall.
Ronny Elfassy is the International Medical Corps supply chain logistics manager. He said that until L.A. made Honeywell gear available, the company had no choice but to purchase personal protective equipment from China, as it was so scarce in the United States.
The non-profit organization that responds to global catastrophes has bought approximately 1 million N95 masksThe city donated to long-term care facilities in Los Angeles. Elfassy praised the city, saying he couldn’t think of another vendor that had such a quick turnaround after an order.
“Our operations drastically changed since we started working with the city,”He said.
Phillip Sanfield, a spokesman for the Port of Los Angeles, said L.A. isn’t eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement for the purchase because the city is not the end user of the masks.
Sanfield also stated that the city will stockpile the masksFor future pandemics and natural disasters such as wildfires.
“The demand for N95s is down,”Steve Borgquist is the president of Beacon Purchasing, a procurement company that also bought masksFrom the city. He said that there is an industry surplus.
“No one predicted the sharp increase in demand from COVID and it took the industry supply chain approximately a year to catch up,”He said.
Alex Comisar, Garcetti spokesperson, stated that masksFill an “urgent need” at a time of uncertain availability and the city’s investment will make it prepared for future events.
The N95 masksThese are for medical staff and other groups and are different from the cloth masksThe general public uses the product extensively.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s director recently said evidence has shown that it’s safe for fully vaccinated people to go without masksIn most places.
California health officials said the state’s current maskRules will remain in effect until June 15.