May 14, 2020

Coronavirus: Amazon to make face shields and sell at cost

Amazon says it will produce hundreds of thousands of face shields for medics and sell them at cost price in the US. The internet giant said engineers from its drone and hardware divisions had been tasked with developing the product. Space X, HP and Ford also used their manufacturing resources to make and donate face shields and other types of protective equipment. A look on Amazon's marketplace on Thursday showed face shields sold by independent sellers were priced between $12 and $35. Once Amazon makes its mask available to all its customers, it could drive the price down significantly. "People who are concerned about Amazon's predatory behaviour might be concert but more people will be happy Amazon is making sure these are lower cost at a time of crisis," said Michael Kades, director of markets and competition at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Both the US Food and Drug Administration and the British Standards Institution have warned that homemade and 3D printed face shields do not always protect healthcare workers' faces from exposure to the coronavirus.

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