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California buys more masks, but some workers still lack

Virus Outbreak-California Masks
Virus Outbreak California
Virus Outbreak-California Masks
Posted at 5:24 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 00:10:38-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will spend another $315 million on protective masks through a contract with a Chinese manufacturer. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the deal with BYD on Wednesday as he touted California's efforts to procure masks for health care and other essential workers. Newsom signed a $1 billion contract with BYD in April and the first masks began arriving last month after delays. Newsom said California will soon launch a competitive bidding process to try to get more masks at lower prices. But he also acknowledged the masks aren't always getting to workers that need them and pledged a more aggressive state response.