Despite the fact a vaccine is finally available, the pandemic continues to rage on, and many expect it to persist for a significant part of this new year.
As a result, an Ontario company has committed to manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).
Toronto-based Viva Healthcare Packaging (Canada) Ltd. has received $450,000 in funding through the Ontario Together Fund.
Viva will use this funding to retool operations and expand production of PPE, and further increase the province’s stockpile of made-in-Ontario supplies.
“Face masks play an important role in reducing virus transmission. As municipalities are mandating the use of face masks in all public spaces, Viva is ramping up production of 3-ply disposable face masks, in regular and children’s sizes, to over 22.5 million masks per month by early 2021,” James Bokla, CEO of Viva Healthcare Packaging (Canada) Ltd., said in a news release.
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“We are honoured to apply our expertise in high volume manufacturing towards PPE production, to help combat COVID-19, and to prepare for potential future challenges with an ample and timely supply,” he continued.
Additionally, Viva intends to use some of the funding to add two state-of-the-art high output face mask-making lines—all lines will operate 24 hours per day, with enough inventory produced to support quick deliveries.
Further, while Viva currently offers an innovative line of medical and non-medical face shields, they will soon be introducing hand sanitizer gel sachets and wipes as well.