The global coronavirus pandemic sets off a “war for the masks” in a desperate race for global protection.
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across Europe and the United States, a global rush for medical equipment such as respiratory masks and gloves is underway. Several countries have accused the United States of trying to divert their orders, but the details of who was able to do what to whom are still unclear.
In France, they call it the “mask war” – the mask war, and on Friday German officials also made allegations against the United States.
Andreas Geisel, a senior official in the state of Berlin, said that the United States had committed an act of “modern piracy”, alleging that a shipment of 200,000 respiratory masks intended for the Berlin police had been diverted to the United States during its transit to Bangkok. .
“This is not how you deal with transatlantic partners,” said Geisel, adding that “even in times of global crisis, no Wild West method should be used.”
As stocks dwindle and countries embark on what a French official has called a “global treasure hunt,” governments are hesitant to allow protective gear and the like to leave their shores. Many governments claim that the prices offered and asked for personal protective equipment (PPE) are exorbitant.
Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya said on Friday that an order for already paid fans had been impounded in Turkey.
French border guards seized trucks filled with 130,000 masks bound for the United Kingdom, which precipitated negotiations between the British and French governments.
The masks were intended for the brave workers of the NHS who were fighting coronavirus across the country.
After realizing what was on board, border guards in France held the truck following the promise of President Emmanuel Macron to requisition masks for the French crisis, reported The Sun.
So much for EU solidarity. It’s now each country for itself.