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Amazon stops selling N95 masks to consumers to prioritize distribution to hospitals

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Amazon is no longer selling N95 masks to average consumers, and instead prioritizing the product sales to hospitals and government organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic. 

If you attempt to buy N95 masks on Amazon’s website, you’ll see the “add to cart” button is now gone. The company has replaced the function with a notice about the new restriction, which was first reported by Vox. 

Due to the pandemic, N95 masks are already in short supply. So Amazon wants to ensure key medical equipment is reaching healthcare workers, the company said in Wednesday posting to merchants on the platform.

“You may have offers on one or more products (ASINs) that will now be available exclusively to hospitals and government organizations, which are in urgent need of high-demand medical products like N95 masks, surgical masks, facial shields, surgical gowns, surgical gloves, and large-volume sanitizers,” Amazon said in the notice. “Select ASINs of these product types will no longer be available to the broader public on Amazon.com and AmazonBusiness.com.”

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