When COVID-19 spread in the United States, doctors and nurses found themselves without enough personal protection equipment (PPE) to treat patients safely. Healthcare workers rely on PPE such as face shields to protect themselves from getting sick or potentially inflecting patients. U.S. suppliers could not provide the surge in demand for PPE because the supply chain was stretched very thin. American companies are making few masks, gowns, and gloves domestically, and instead relied on imports from other countries. Raw materials were outsourced to reduce cost in manufacturing and supply chain. When Covid-19 outbreak began in Wuhan, Chinese manufacturers made 50% of the masks and respirators for the world. During the outbreak in the home nation, the country also proptize the PPE for home uses first.
The Mak Brothers is joining forces to help the community in Covid-19 by shifting resources to a new project called “Project Shield” to produce face shield for family, friends, and local community who work in the medical field, public service, Christian Missionaries, or serving in Christian non-profit organizations. We will use our 3D printers to produce custom design plastic face shields with unique features that is tailored for each user.
These face shields are not for sale and are not marketed for commercial uses. Although the face shields is designed and manufactured by the Mak Brothers, they are no advertised as FDA approved personal protective equipment (PPE). According to Part 5, section D of the “Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff”, the Mak Brothers can make face shields for personal uses and share with health care providers.