The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow imports of Chinese-made KN95 respirator masks, alternative to the widely used N95, into the U.S. amid pressing medical equipment needs across the country.

After authorizing a number of foreign-certified respirators over a week ago, but omitting KN95, a top official from the regulatory federal agency told BuzzNews on Thursday that the agency will not block imports of KN95 masks either.

The FDA’s move comes at a time when the medical staff in the U.S. have been increasingly vocal about their concerns regarding the shortage of medical equipment and gear in

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