This is the wrong time for China to be screwing up an order with this much importance.
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) is spreading like an old western brush fire and Netherland officials are highly upset that their product was sent to them with these issues. Dutch officials claim that their top-of-the-line N95 masks are deficient in size as well as the filters, the main purpose of the sale, do not work properly.
Spain ran into the same issue, needing their COVID-19 rapid test kits replaced due to them being unreliable.
Dutch officials have recalled 600,000 face masks manufactured in China because they did not meet quality standards, the government’s health ministry said on Saturday.
The news shocked frontline medical staff in the Netherlands, who rely on high-quality products to protect them from contracting Covid-19, Dutch public broadcaster NOS said.
Half of the shipment of 1.3 million supposedly top-of-the-line face masks – known as N95 in the United States and Hong Kong – had already been distributed to doctors and nurses treating the most critical Covid-19 patients, the government said.
N95 masks – known as FFP2 in Europe or KN95 in mainland China – play a critical role in health care, as they are supposed to block over 90 percent of airborne particles that may carry the coronavirus.
The Dutch experience is not the first time that European countries have had problems with coronavirus-related medical equipment manufactured in China.
Last week, Spain announced that hundreds of thousands of rapid test kits sent by a Chinese company were unreliable, following similar reports in the Czech Republic. [SCMP]
A Catharina Hospital spokesperson said they rejected the order immediately. “It is not just this time, there is a lot of junk on the market. There are people trying to take advantage of the current crisis, at high prices.”
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