FDA grants emergency authorization to system that decontaminates N95 respirator masks for re-use

In an effort to fill the deficit of face masks for healthcare workers, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to development and lab management company Battelle to sanitize used masks for reuse. Their system decontaminates N95 respirator masks using concentrated hydrogen peroxide and can turn single-use respirators into masks that can be used up to 20 times. The system is underway in their Ohio facility and is producing up to 80,000 masks per day.

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