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California to purchase masks from Chinese EV maker BYD

Company says it can produce 5m masks per day

BYD has been producing masks and disinfectants in China since February. (Photo courtesy of BYD) 

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- California has reached an agreement with Chinese electric carmaker BYD to supply the state with much-needed personal protection gears including masks, the governor's office said at a COVID-19 briefing Wednesday.

BYD America, the North America subsidiary of the leading Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, "has a direct reach back into China and is able to build a pipeline of a sustainable amount of monthly mass [personal protection equipment supplies] that will be coming in to assist us here in California," said Mark Ghilarducci, the state's director emergency services.

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