As the novel corona virus sweeps across the world, some countries are finding themselves in a difficult situation. Low on supplies or money, traditional American allies like Spain, Italy, France and Japan have had to turn to China for help. "China creates the poison and sells the solution to it," foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang told News Agencies. China has used its money, medical equipment and teams of doctors and nurses in a high-stakes campaign to show the world that while the United States scrambles to contain the novel corona virus within its borders, China is busy moving in on some of America's closest allies.
"Never let a good crisis go to waste," Dimitar Bechev, a senior fellow in the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center, wrote. "There is no better illustration that the medical supplies and crews of doctors China has been supplying to Italy and other European countries battling COVID-19. Beijing does carry a large share of the blame for the global pandemic.. but now it seeks to shape the narrative of the crisis unfolding before our eyes."
China has also been floating the idea that it has donated all of the medical supplies out of concern for the world. That's not the case, Chang said. "A lot of the stuff that China claims has been donated has not been donated," he said. "It's been sold." China has come through for several countries but in some it has fallen short of expectations.
In Spain, for example, Health Minister Salvador Illa announced Wednesday that the country had bought $467 million in medical supplies from China, including 950 ventilators, 5.5 million testing kits, 11 million gloves and more than half a billion protective face masks.
Soon after receiving the supplies, the Spanish government announced plans to return 9,000 "quick result" test kits to China, El Pais reported, because they were deemed not to maintain standard, specifically the sensibility of the test was around 30 percent, when it should be higher than 80 percent.
Although China admitted that the kits they sold to Spain were bought from Bioeasy, a Chinese company not licensed to make them.
The time and money Spain wasted on faulty supplies could have devastating effects on a country that is now in its second week of a national lockdown after cases of COVID-19 spiked.
Spain now has at least 49,515 confirmed corona virus cases, according to its Ministry of Health. Of that number, 8,000 people were confirmed to have the virus in the past 24 hours. Nearly 27,000 people remain hospitalized as Spain scrambles to contain the virus.
In the Czech Republic, Chang said 80 percent of the kits China sold were either "faulty or produced inaccurate results."
Bangladesh government yesterday 26 March received some COVID-19 medical kits from China. So it’s now important to test the Kits standard as we have the example of Spain and Czech Republic in recent time!
Remarkable thing is- China now produces 116 million masks a day and that is 12 times more than it used to!
Source: International news agency..