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The government has had more than 8,000 offers from suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) and is prioritising those of "larger volumes", Downing Street has said.
It comes after Labour MP Rachel Reeves said "lots" of firms who offered to produce PPE had heard "nothing back" from the government. The PM's spokesman said safety and quality standards have to be met.
No 10 said it was "working hard" with international partners to acquire PPE. It follows mounting criticism of the government over concerns about supply of protective gear for NHS staff.
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