Coronavirus Turns Vietnam from Recipient to Donor | Voice of America – English
China is not the only nation coming to the aid of others in the fight against COVID-19.
In business attire and surgical masks, five European ambassadors stood on a stage in Hanoi on Tuesday and greeted Vietnamese officials who announced they were donating face masks to Europe.
Besides donating 500,000 masks, Vietnam has sent medical aid to China, Cambodia and Laos in recent weeks.
Hanoi is now in talks with the United States to supply it with protective equipment.
World Depends on China for Face Masks But Can Country Deliver? | Voice of America – English
Phones have been ringing off the hook lately for Brian Edwards, a sales manager of a small medical supply company in California. And he has to say “No” to all the people who called.
Edwards used to buy tens of thousands of facemasks from China. But not in the past three months.
His company, the First Choice Industrial Supply Company, has not been able to get any masks from China since the outbreak of coronavirus in late December while the demand is soaring in the U.S.
"You can’t get a product. You are not going to get a product for months.
With no shipments from China, medical mask suppliers have to choose whom to supply – CNN
Every morning, managers at Dealmed Medical Supplies meet to discuss which customers they can provide with face masks from their dwindling stock. On a recent morning, they decided a local hospital would get 10 boxes of masks fitted with N95 respirators, a total of about 200 masks. The hospital had requested 60 boxes. A request from a chain of dialysis centers also went on the "yes" pile.
Traders Seek China's Masks to Help U.S. Hospitals Battle the Coronavirus – The New York Times
Traders scour factories and warehouses, find planes and pilots and look for buyers as hospitals and governments beg for protective gear.
Fashion brands are making masks and gowns to battle coronavirus – Los Angeles Times
L.A. brands Citizens of Humanity, Hedley & Bennett and Michael Costello, along with New York designers Brandon Maxwell and Christian Siriano, Italian label Prada and French conglomerate Kering, are making face masks and medical gowns.
Bad masks: China clamps down on suppliers after European outcry –
Nikkei Asian Review
BEIJING — As a global shortage of masks, test kits and other medical equipment draws a flood of new manufacturers into the field, China has toughened
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Millions of masks, coronavirus tests stuck in warehouses in China – Business Insider
The US desperately needs coronavirus tests and face masks. Millions are stuck in warehouses in China because of new export restrictions.
How the face mask became the world’s most coveted commodity | World news | The Guardian
The long read: The global scramble for this vital item has exposed the harsh realities of international politics and the limits of the free market