WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- China sold four billion masks worldwide in March.
- A number of countries argued about the quality of the medical supplies equipment, claiming that they are substandard.
- China demanded Italy, the country with the highest death toll globally, to purchase back the PPE supplies it sent to China during the initial period of the outbreak.
Just last month, over four billion masks were sold by China globally, despite having been questioned for the quality of the supplies, based on a report.
Agence-France Presse, a French news agency, reported on Sunday that the Chinese Communist Party has advised the medical supply manufacturers to level up their production as the confirmed cases of COVID-19 already reached 1 million worldwide.
Jin Hai, a Chinese customs official, told the news agency that China has exported 3.86 million masks, 37.5 million pieces of personal protective equipment, 16,000 ventilators and 2.84 million testing kits since early March.
A number of countries — the Netherlands, Philippines, Croatia, Turkey and Spain — however, argued that the quality of the protective gears was low-grade.
Last week, the Dutch health ministry said they had to retract 600,000 masks delivered by China on March 21 as they were defective.
China even demanded Italy, the country with the highest death toll globally, to purchase back the PPE supplies it provided China during the initial days of the virus scare.
The Spectator reported a US administration official’s statement on the matter. “Before the virus hit Europe, Italy sent tons of PPE to China to help protect its own population… China then has sent Italian PPE back to Italy — some of it, not even all of it … and charged them for it.”
Beijing condemned the media for the reports, asserting that they did not lay down the whole story.
Jiang Fan, a commerce ministry official, said that “in reality there are various factors, such as China having different standards and different usage habits to other countries. Even improper use can lead to doubts over quality.”
China revealed more than 82,000 confirmed cases, though a lot of countries doubted the veracity of the figures they were publishing.
Source: New York Post