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Daikin to develop medical face mask with national institute

Reusable type will be equivalent to NIOSH-approved N95 versions

Daikin hopes to head off a mask shortage in the event of a second wave of coronavirus infections hitting Japan. (Source photos by Kosaku Mimura/Manami Yamada) 

TOKYO -- Japanese air-conditioner maker Daikin Industries will develop a high-performance reusable medical face mask in cooperation with the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center and CrossEffect, a Kyoto-based three-dimensional engineering company.

Production of the mask will begin this autumn and is designed for health care workers in need of highly protective masks to deal with the spread of coronavirus, Daikin officials said.

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