US hijacks masks for France – Taarifa Rwanda

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Paying four times more than what France offered, the United States seized masks intended for France while being loaded on an airplane in China.

To date, the United States has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.

According to a report in the French daily Liberation, the United States is trying to obtain available masks, thereby disrupting deliveries to other countries.

On Thursday, a shipment of Chinese-made masks was purchased on the tarmac just as the necessary protective gear was about to leave for France.

“Americans pay three or four times the amount we pay, and in cash,” said Jean Rottner, chief of the Eastern France region.

The United States and France have been criticized for their lack of preparation for Covid-19. However, secret efforts to fill the lack of masks have also been called into question.

France has ordered more than a billion masks, a quarter of them from China, while fighting the pandemic and currently has less than three weeks of supplies.

President Emmanuel Macron insisted that the Frenchman must regain his “independence” in the production of vital medical equipment, without relying too much on imports.

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