California is extending its agreement with China-based manufacturer BYD to buy hundreds of millions more masks to protect essential workers from the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday.
The state will buy an additional 120 million N95 masks and 300 million surgical masks, Newsom said, adding to the hundreds of millions the state has already purchased and received from the company. The state will pay BYD $315 million: $255 million for the N95s and $60 million for the surgical masks, according to the new contract.
California will pay $2.13 per N95 mask, a decrease in price from the $3.30 the state paid BYD for the first batch of shipments.