The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says DuPont has agreed to deliver 450,000 Tyvek suits to the U.S. this week to protect healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Along with an N95 respirator or surgical/face mask, a face shield or protective eyewear, and gloves, a Tyvek coverall suit is an important piece of personal protective equipment for a healthcare worker treating people with coronavirus.
DuPont is making the Tyvek suits at its Hanoi, Vietnam manufacturing facility. Under an existing government transportation project, FedEx will ship the suits from Vietnam to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile for distribution across the United States.
HHS said it expects to receive 2.25 million Tyvek suits over the next five weeks, with an option to purchase up to 4.5 million Tyvek suits.
The U.S. government under the agreement with DuPont will ship raw material to Vietnam each week for the plant to continue producing Tyvek suits.