Doctors and hospitals in Canada are reporting a shortage of equipment
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent 17 tons of protective supplies to China despite his country being in the midst of its own coronavirus outbreak in February.
Now doctors and hospitals in Canada are reporting a shortage of equipment, with some facilities limiting physicians to one face mask a day.
On Thursday, official Opposition Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer slammed the liberal government’s decision to send “critical supplies” abroad:
“Outrageous. Drs across the country are facing urgent shortages of critical supplies. PM must explain why he sent 50,118 face shields, 1,101 masks, 1,820 goggles, 36,425 medical overalls, 200,000 nitrile gloves, and 3,000 aprons from Canada’s own gov’t reserves overseas in Feb.”
But despite warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the coronavirus would not be isolated to China and would be a global threat, the Trudeau government still shipped the protective materials to China.
But as a Global Affairs Canada press release put it, fighting coronavirus at its source was “vital to … protecting the health and safety of people around the world.”
In February, François-Philippe Champagne – the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister announced:
“Canada has deployed approximately 16 [metric tonnes] of personal protective equipment, such as clothing, face shields, masks, goggles and gloves” to China.
Meanwhile, Global News reported, Trump’s officials were actively discussing putting troops near the Canadian borders in light of U.S. border security concerns around the coronavirus pandemic, sources tell Global News.
Few people cross from Canada into the United States at an unofficial point each year, but the goal of the policy would be to help border guards detect irregular crossers, the sources said.
Trudeau also confirmed the news:
Outrageous. Drs across the country are facing urgent shortages of critical supplies. PM must explain why he sent 50,118 face shields, 1,101 masks, 1,820 goggles, 36,425 medical coveralls, 200,000 nitrile gloves and 3,000 aprons from Canada’s own gov’t reserves overseas in Feb. https://t.co/OkXFErFw57
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) March 26, 2020
“Canada and the United States have the longest un-militarized border in the world, and it is very much in both of our interests for it to remain that way,” he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland slammed reports:
“We are very directly and very forcefully expressing the view … that this is an entirely unnecessary step, which we would view as damaging to our relationship,” she told reporters on Parliament Hill.
Earlier this week, Neon Nettle reported that a news outlet in China blew the whistle on the Chinese government, claiming the ruling Communist Party (CPC) is “faking” its miraculous recovery from the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Beijing-based Caixin made the high-risk accusation earlier this month, claiming that China is far from recovered.
The newspaper states that “local governments are faking coronavirus recovery.”
The paper cites business insiders across the country that claim to be unable to fill quotas set by the government.