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PPE vending machine set up at Vancouver's Waterfront station

Last Updated Dec 7, 2020 at 10:22 pm PST

(Photo submitted by Edvin Muminovic)

Creator Edvin Muminovic says it's the first machine in B.C. set up to dispense personal protective equipment

The machine sells masks, face shields, hand sanitizer

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A new vending machine at Waterfront SkyTrain station is offering essentials for commuters navigating the “new normal” of COVID-19.

Creator Edvin Muminovic says it’s the first machine in B.C. set up to dispense personal protective equipment.

“I just wanted to find a more convenient way for people to get access to masks, hand sanitizer, and whatnot, just to make it easier so you don’t have to go searching for it,” he says, adding he’s heard of these machines in other cities like Toronto.

“I thought it was great for people to be able to have access to machines, especially at the SkyTrain station or when they’re walking around.”

Being able to grab a new mask on the go is also handy for people who forget theirs at home, or for people who drop or lose one on their travels.

Muminovic says the machines is stocked with a range of masks — N95s, disposable, reusable, and Hello Kitty branded.

He’s been at the station since he set the machine up and he says so far it’s been popular.

“Everybody’s stopping by, taking pictures. A lot of people are saying, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this,’ but in a good way. They’re surprised and it’s very cool to them,” he says.

He says another machine will soon be set up at Pacific Centre mall in downtown Vancouver.