COVID-19 News

DoD awards Battelle $415m for COVID-19 mask decon systems

The Department of Defense's (DoD) Defense Logistics Agency, on behalf of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has awarded a $415 million contract for 60 Battelle Memorial Institute Critical Care Decontamination Systems (CCDS), according to an April 13 DoD statement.

Each system can decontaminate up to 80,000 used N95 respirators per system per day, enabling mask reuse up to 20 times--which can significantly help in addressing current shortages related to COVID-19 response efforts.

Spearheaded by the Department's Joint Acquisition Task Force, six units have already been delivered to locations including two to New York, and one each to Columbus, Ohio, Boston, Chicago and Tacoma, providing the ability to sterilize 3.4 million masks a week, reducing the need for new masks by the same number.

All 60 systems will be available by early May for prioritization and distribution by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and HHS. Once all are delivered, these 60 units will allow 4.8 million masks to be sterilized per day, almost 34 million per week.

'I remain extremely proud of the selfless efforts of Department of Defense personnel who continue to do everything they can to help provide medical masks, test kits, medicine and meals to support America's military, medical, emergency services and law enforcement professionals who are on the front lines and need them most,' said Undersecretary of Defense Ellen Lord. "This procurement includes a service contract to cover operations and maintenance."

Read more: https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2148352/dod-co...

Read more about the Battelle system: https://federallabs.org/news/fda-developed-decontamination-system-wins-e...