The web site stated the “socially accountable and Australian owned firm” ran a “neighborhood provide program” to supply masks “free or at closely subsidised costs” to weak sufferers who wanted and couldn’t afford or discover them.
“Our purpose is to serve the neighborhood and we perceive that there’s a scarcity of high quality face masks,” the web site stated.
Whereas the corporate was sourcing “scare inventory” from abroad, “factories have suggested that their manufacturing has been reserved by their authorities and subsequently we aren’t receiving extra inventory till additional discover,” it stated.
“We’ll work to resolve our pricing points and amount insurance policies as quickly as these provide points have been resolved.”
Official well being recommendation is face masks should not essential for most people, as a result of the prospect of contracting the lethal COVID-19 virus in Australia is taken into account uncommon.
The federal authorities has launched 1.three million masks from the nationwide medical stockpile to be distributed to medical doctors, well being staff and pharmacists by means of main well being networks, however these might not be offered.
Medical doctors are suggested to put on P2 masks whereas testing and treating sufferers suspected of getting COVID-19, whereas these sufferers put on surgical masks.
Whereas the World Well being Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak – which has contaminated greater than 69,000 folks, most of them in China – a world well being emergency, solely 15 instances have been recorded in Australia, and every of these sufferers has been remoted in hospital.
Six have been launched after making a full restoration, whereas the remaining 9 sufferers are in a secure situation.
Additional remark has been sought from Livingstone.
Dana is well being and industrial relations reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.