California strikes deal to buy 200 million masks a month, says Gavin Newsom


California Gov. Gavin Newsom left TV host Rachel Maddow stunned Tuesday night when he said on her show that he “inked a deal” for the state to buy 200 million masks a month.

Newsom explained the mask windfall is the result of a consortium of nonprofits and a California company that will be manufacturing mostly N95 masks overseas, and supplying the needs of California residents and workers, as well as possibly those in other Western states.