California Gov. Newsom’s billion-dollar mask deal hits snag

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KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO (AP) — Millions of protective masks that were to arrive in California this week as part of the state's nearly $1 billion deal with a Chinese company have been delayed, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. The governor said the N95 masks made by BYD, an electric vehicle manufacturer with a California manufacturing plant, were stalled in the federal certification process. He did not explain further, and his office did not respond to a request for more information. Last month, Newsom announced the deal to great fanfare, calling it a "bold and big" effort in the state's fight against the coronavirus. He said the deal would result in 500 million masks that were a mixture of traditional surgical masks and the more protective N95 models to the stat
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