SoftBank Group Corp CEO Masayoshi Son said he has secured a monthly supply of 300 million face masks for Japan after reaching a affect Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD Co Ltd, which has also started producing masks.

 

From next month, SoftBank will supply two different sorts of mask, initially for medical staff, in cooperation with the japanese government’s “mask team”, found out to tackle shortages thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, Son said on Twitter.

SoftBank, which last month said it had been donating 1.4 million masks to ny state, will supply the masks without taking a profit.

 

Addressing the availability crunch may be a priority for the japanese government, which can begin delivering two washable masks to households next week — a move that has been widely criticised on social media as inadequate.

The government is additionally targeting domestic production of 700 million disposable masks.

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Son, who features a long history of partnering with and investing in Chinese firms, said BYD is fixing a replacement line to supply the masks.

BYD’s production capacity has reached 15 million masks each day , a corporation spokeswoman said, confirming the firm will supply masks to SoftBank.

SoftBank’s supply will contains 100 million N95 masks, which may filter very small particles, and 200 million regular surgical masks.

 

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred Son’s return to Twitter, where he has complained that Japan’s response is being spearheaded by politicians instead of scientists and polled users on their view of the government’s response — adding to pressure to extend social distancing measures.