Thailand developing level 4 “gold standard” biohazard suits

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In order to reduce the nation’s reliance on imported personal protective equipment during the Covid-19 crisis, Thai scientists are developing a Level 4 biohazard suit, dubbed the “gold standard” by the organisers working on the project. The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation and the textile industry are collaborating on the the suits after successfully developing Level 2 suits.

The GPO, together with the Textile Industry Development Institute and the Textile Federation of Thailand are already producing 100,000 sets of their “We Fight” edition Level 2 PPE suits, which will be ready for delivery in June and July. The Level 2 suits are made of polyester with a waterproof coating, and can be washed and reused up to 20 times. They’ll be delivered to hospitals to reduce the cost of importing from abroad, and will support domestic Thai development and manufacture of medical equipment.

The level 2 suits protects medical staff from low to medium infection risk, allowing them to safely care for patients who don’t require a respirator, to collect samples and to screen patients. The first batch of 44,000 suits, each valued at around 500 baht, is expected to be delivered by the end of the month.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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