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Government secures over 100 new PPE contracts and will manufacture 2bn more items

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More than 100 new PPE contracts have been secured with suppliers from around the world by the government.

Announcing the deals, which include 3.7bn gloves, the government said it had also signed contract to manufacture 2bn PPE items in the UK.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Last month, I set a national challenge to ensure we continue to supply enough PPE to those on the frontline of this battle.

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“We have now signed deals with over 100 suppliers across the world to secure more PPE, and at the same we have ramped up domestic production. We have now ordered 2 billion pieces of PPE from homegrown firms which is also great news for jobs and the economy, and over 3 billion pieces from abroad.”

Over 1.48 billion items of PPE delivered to the frontline in England with tens of millions more items distributed in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

More than 3 million masks, 11.8 million aprons, 33,000 gowns and 36.2 million gloves were delivered to health and social care settings in England on Bank Holiday Monday.

With the help of the Armed Forces, the NHS Supply Chain now delivers PPE to 58,000 settings including home care providers, care homes, hospices and community organisations.

Additionally, from this week GPs and small care homes and home care services can also register on the PPE Portal, a new online portal developed in collaboration with eBay to help primary and social care providers to order critical PPE.

The PPE Portal has been tested with the sector and is now being scaled up nationally over the coming weeks. During this phase of the roll-out, GPs and small residential and domiciliary social care services will be invited to register on the portal.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We are focussing on small care providers because our data shows that, although they account for half of all care provision, they seem to be less likely to be registered with wholesalers. It’s therefore important that we ensure that they have the option of quickly joining the portal should they need to.”

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