China has said today that its ventilators and masks to be sent abroad will be subjected to quality inspections. This recent development is coming after a chorus of complaints from half a dozen countries the equipment delivered were substandard for the fight against coronavirus.
China is the biggest producer of surgical masks and other medical products. The country has come under fire in recent weeks from several countries for faulty test kits and equipment after the ones they purchased were deemed too unreliable.
The Chinese customs agency said Saturday that masks, ventilators, surgical gowns, goggles, and other supplies will be treated as medical goods. This would require exporters to show they meet the quality standards of their destination market. The newspaper Beijing Daily reported the shipments would be inspected by a government agency before being approved for export. No other details were immediately provided.
Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Georgia and the Czech Republic have all showed concerns over the poor standard of the protective medical equipment exported by China in recent weeks. Britain is one of the countries that had raised alarm and cried foul over this issue. John Bell, the coordinator for coronavirus testing for Public Health England, saying none of England’s 17 million antibody kits – including the ones brought from China – have performed well.
“We see many false negatives and we also see false positives,” he wrote in a blog post on Monday. “… This is not a good result for test suppliers or for us.” In response to the news, the Prime Minister’s office announced it would push to get a refund.
Online reports indicate that Coronavirus hardest hit Spain had to return 50,000 quick testing kits to China after discovering they were not working properly. Netherlands was reported to have rejected Chinese-made coronavirus testing kits and protective gear.
Recall that China at the beginning of the outbreak of the coronavirus was accused of multiple cover ups and deliberately lying about its infection and death rates. COVID-19 fatalities data as it stands today globally and in the U.S points to that claim that China might have hidden some parts of its data.