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The United States refused to import kn95 without FDA approval

The United States refused to import kn95 without FDA approval

'There is a surge in cases and a shortage of masks, but the United States rejects China's kn95 masks'. The US News website buzzfeed reported on March 29 that kn95 masks are a Chinese substitute for N95 masks, but the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused to allow them to enter the United States.

The article questioned the "political reasons" behind the FDA's decision. " Novel coronavirus pneumonia is being banned by the US federal government. When hospitals around the United States are desperately looking for N95 masks to protect medical staff from treating new crown pneumonia, the federal government has banned imports as the world's most abundant substitutes. Buzzfeed reported that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that the effectiveness of kn95 mask is the same as that of N95, and it is one of many 'suitable substitutes' of' N95 mask in short supply '.

According to 3m, the world's largest mask manufacturer, kn95 and N95 masks are 'equivalent' and 'it can be expected that their functions are very similar'. However, according to the law, masks and most medical devices cannot be sold in the U.S. market without FDA approval.