The first domestic pandemic masks are sold with a delay. The machines had been ordered by the federal government and the canton of Zurich in March.
The German approval body TÜV Nord has now finally certified the Flawa Covid pandemic respirator (CPA) – in short: pandemic worm. In a first attempt had not trained yet. Delays had already occurred after Zurich Health Director Natalie Rickli (SVP) announced the masks during the second half of April (see article «Corona protection made in Switzerland – Rickli’s expensive worm coup»).
In a media release, the Flawil company Flawa explains that production has begun. The first masks should be available from the company’s online store from next week. They are the first pandemic masks in Europe with their own machines.
85,000 masks a day
According to the company, Flawa can produce about 85,000 CPA masks with three machines every day. The federal government and the canton of Zurich bought two machines in China for a total of CHF 1.6 million. The third machine comes from the eastern Swiss company Prodema and was designed in Switzerland.
“We are very pleased to be able to bring to market the first certified Covid pandemic respirators made in Switzerland. I am proud that our team has achieved certification with exceptional performance. The efforts and perseverance of all parties involved in the project in recent months have paid off, Flawa CEO Claude Rieser explains in the announcement.
CPA masks are primarily intended for health workers and are similar to FFP2 masks, which not only protect the environment but also the carrier against viruses. Depending on the version, a flawa mask costs CHF 3.20 or CHF 3.55.
The company from Eastern Switzerland has also been producing universal masks since Easter – meanwhile 400,000 pieces a week, it says.