With the ebola epidemic continuing to claim lives in West Africa, a Chinese factory has upped produc

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VOICE OVER:
THESE ARE THE FACES OF DISTANT WARRIORS AGAINST WEST AFRICA’S EBOLA VIRUS.
FACTORY WORKERS IN EASTERN CHINA WHO ARE MANUFACTURING THOUSANDS OF HAZARDOUS PROTECTION SUITS SOON TO BE SHIPPED TO THE FRONTLINES AGAINST THE DISEASE.
(NAT SOUND)
PRODUCTION IS BOOMING….ABOUT 30 TO 40 PERCENT HIGHER THAN A YEAR AGO.
MORE THAN 100 WORKERS ARE PRODUCING ABOUT 6 THOUSAND PROTECTIVE SUITS EVERYDAY.
SOUNDBITE: (English Translation of Mandarin) Wang Ximin, General Manager, Weifang Lakeland Safety Products:
“We are very proud that the protective suits we manufacture can be used by those who are fighting against Ebola. We feel that in this global campaign we are having our role to play.”
THE SUITS NOT ONLY HAVE TO KEEP HEALTH WORKERS SAFE FROM THE VIRUS….THEY ALSO HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE.
THE FABRIC….WHICH INCLUDES BOTH POLYETHYLENE AND POLYPROPYLENE…IS JUST OVER A QUARTER OF A MILIMETER THICK.
UPSOUND: (English Translation of Mandarin), Wang Ximin, General Manager, Weifang Lakeland Safety Products (speaking over close of him opening and closing zip)
“You can split legs and squat down easily in the suit. It feels very comfortable to wear.”
AS WELL AS BEING SHIPPED OUT TO LIBERIA, GUINEA AND SIERRA LEONE….THESE SUITS ARE ALSO SENT TO HOSPITALS IN THE U.S.
ACCORDING TO THE GENERAL MANAGER HERE….THE WORKFORCE HAS BEEN DOUBLED TO MEET THE INCREASED DEMAND…..AND NEW EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND, TOO.
NED BARKER….ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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