Spending on N95 and similar masks, was over $22 million over the same period.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A tally by The Associated Press shows that nearly a third of the $110 million that Pennsylvania spent on personal protective equipment and ventilators in the early months of the pandemic went toward face shields.

They are a relatively niche item for which there wasn’t as much demand as for other kinds of personal protective equipment.

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Officials say part of the reason state government spent so much money on face shields is that’s what was available amid the national rush to find medical equipment.

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Spending on N95 and similar masks, for which there was much greater need, was just over $22 million over the same period.

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