Canada

Company awarded $380M in contracts but fails to provide masks: Blacklock’s Reporter

A Quebec contractor has failed to provide pandemic masks even though the federal government awarded the firm more than $380 million in contracts to provide them, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

“To date the Public Health Agency has not received surgical masks from Medicom’s Canadian production facility,” said Natalie Mohamed, spokesperson for the health agency.

They would not say if Medicom was still in compliance with its contract as terms have not been disclosed, said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Internal documents show AMD Medicom Inc. was awarded contracts worth $381,693,476 — three times the figure publicly disclosed — on a promise of speedy delivery weeks ago, though it didn’t have a factory in Canada.

The Montreal company was the only federal supplier of personal protective equipment to be awarded a 10-year contract without bidding, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. 

Authorities had justified the contract on a promise of quick delivery of surgical and high-grade N95 masks for use by doctors, nurses and paramedics.

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