Through the national procurement scheme, Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie (H) has purchased infection control equipment for around NOK 2 billion.
The amount includes VAT and shipping costs, and the equipment was purchased from China, Malaysia, Europe and Sweden, Høie writes in a letter to the Storting on Tuesday. In addition, Norwegian production has started for certain types of equipment after outbreaks of coronavirus in the spring and summer affected the country.
Tens of millions of respirators, face masks, gloves, visors, and glasses, changing coats, infection coats, and hats are now stored with the regional health authorities and in Norwegian municipalities, Høie writes.
“Calculations have been made of consumption given an infection peak with an infection rate of 1.3 (based on models from the National Institute of Public Health). The equipment that is in stock will be able to cover consumption at such an infection peak in 2020 and into 2021”, according to the Minister.
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