Whistleblower Saw Tons of Face Masks Packaged for China as Deadly Insect Moves

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A whistleblower revealed how he saw essential medical equipment purchased from Australian pharmacies and then shipped to China during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Greenland Group, which manages real estate developments around the world with the support of the Chinese government, told employees at its Sydney office in January to stop their normal work.

Instead, they were tasked with procuring face masks, hand sanitizers, thermometers and other medical items, storing them in their offices and shipping them to China.

One of the company’s employees said 60 minutes ago that he felt uncomfortable and suspicious as he watched the meeting rooms fill up with emergency equipment being repackaged for export.

“I think in times of crisis, we all have a responsibility to do something and I felt I had to do something,” he said.

“I didn’t know that this kind of thing could happen. I couldn’t just watch it and be silent.

Medical experts are desperately concerned about a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) which is already leaving front line medical personnel exposed to coronavirus infection.

Australia’s supply of face masks had already been depleted by the bushfire crisis when the coronavirus pandemic took off in Wuhan, China.

Pallets of medical equipment shipped to China by property developers Risland Australia, another Beijing-backed company that has redeployed staff to buy supplies for China

Pallets of medical equipment shipped to China by property developers Risland Australia, another Beijing-backed company that has redeployed staff to buy supplies for China

Risland returned 90 tonnes of medical supplies purchased from Australia to China in February

Risland returned 90 tonnes of medical supplies purchased from Australia to China in February

As the pandemic began to take hold in Australia, bulk supplies of essential medical items were shipped from Sydney, China at the request of the Beijing-backed Greenland group.

“It definitely raised my suspicions, I think the main concern was that if all of these essential medical items leave the country, what do we have left?” said the Greenland whistleblower.

“It is very disturbing to see that essential equipment can simply leave our borders in massive commercial quantities

The Greenland Group was not the only company supported by China to purchase Australian supplies.

Chinese real estate developer Poly Developments and Holdings asked staff at the Sydney office in Australia Square to check local pharmacies for N95 surgical masks or 8210 masks.

The waterproof, hard-wearing protective gear that medical workers use overseas to fight the coronavirus, which Australian healthcare workers can only dream of

The waterproof, hard-wearing protective gear that medical workers use overseas to fight coronavirus, which Australian healthcare workers can only dream of

Staff responded that they were looking for the town of Eastwood at Hornsby, Penrith and Mona Vale.

In February, another Chinese property developer, Risland Australia, shipped 90 tonnes of medical protection equipment to China.

Risland published an online article last month saying that “90 tonnes of selective medical supplies” had been sent “by direct air transport from Sydney to Wuhan via a business aircraft.”

Video footage also emerged showing boxes of surgical masks stacked at a Perth airport before being sent to Wuhan on February 8 – when there were 15 cases of coronavirus in Australia.

China manufactures most of the world's protective gear after globalization has shifted manufacturing to the producer at low prices. Workers at a face mask production line on March 30 in Longyan, Fujian Province (photo). China Seized Production From Several Factories

China manufactures most of the world’s protective gear after globalization has shifted manufacturing to the producer at low prices. Workers at a face mask production line on March 30 in Longyan, Fujian Province (photo). China Seized Production From Several Factories

China has not just told its companies in Australia to buy medical supplies – Chinese Communist Party affiliates are buying supplies around the world.

In two months, China has amassed about 2.4 billion pieces of protective gear, including more than 2 billion masks, 60 Minutes reported.

At the same time, it seized production in factories producing protective equipment for export to countries around the world.

Chinese greenland developers have sent staff to buy medical supplies (photo). Whistleblower revealed how uncomfortable he felt he had to act

Chinese greenland developers have sent staff to buy medical supplies (photo). Whistleblower revealed how uncomfortable he felt he had to act

Whistleblower said in 60 minutes how suspicious he was looking at the unpacked and reconditioned medical supplies boxes in the staff room, council room and dining room

Whistleblower said in 60 minutes how suspicious he was looking at the unpacked and reconditioned medical supplies boxes in the staff room, council room and dining room

Guillaume Laverdure, president of the facial mask manufacturer of the Medicom group, said that the Chinese government had requisitioned three factories in China and one in Shanghai.

“So the government sent people to take control of the inventory and the products in our factory,” Laverdure said at 60 minutes.

CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTRALIA: 5,750

New South Wales: 2,637

Victoria: 1,135

Queensland: 907

Western Australia: 453

South Australia: 409

Australian Capital Territory: 96

Tasmania: 86

Northern Territory: 26

TOTAL CASES: 5,750

DEAD: 37

The coronavirus crisis has exposed the weakness of a global supply chain that has left Australia dependent on imports, deprived of its ability to make lifesaving equipment in the face of a deadly pandemic.

By allowing importers to undercut domestic manufacturers, Australia lost the ability to make its own masks and all of the manufacturing capacity moved to China at low prices.

World Health Organization chief executive Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sounded the alarm over the global shortage of protective equipment on February 7, as Chinese companies stripped Australian pharmacies of masks.

“The world is facing serious disruptions in the personal protective equipment market,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus at a televised press conference from Geneva.

“Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient to meet the needs of WHO and our partners. “

Dr. Tedros’ announcement came just two weeks after Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt visited the national medical stock, posting photos on Twitter to reassure Australian audiences that with 20 million single-use masks , Australia was not lacking.

How bulk supplies of face masks, hand sanitizers and other essential medical items in Australia were shipped to China during the coronavirus pandemic

Bulk supplies of essential medical supplies were shipped from Sydney, China at the request of a Beijing-backed real estate giant as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold in Australia.

The Greenland Group, which manages real estate developments around the world with the support of the Chinese government, told employees in its Sydney office to stop their normal work in January.

Instead, they were tasked with procuring face masks, hand sanitizers, thermometers and other medical items, storing them in their offices and shipping them to China.

A whistleblower told the Sydney Morning Herald that the exercise was a global effort and continued until the end of February.

“Basically, all the employees, the majority of whom are Chinese, have been asked to source medical supplies,” said the insider.

“There have been many requests from the director of human resources and even from our direct line [which] prioritized the assistance of the company in the collection of these supplies compared to other work activities.

The Greenland Group told Chinese media in Australia that the company had collected three million protective masks, 700,000 protective suits for hazardous materials and 500,000 pairs of medical gloves during the global effort.

It is not known how many of these products came from Australia.

CORONAVIRUS IN AUSTRALIA: 5,750

New South Wales: 2,637

Victoria: 1,135

Queensland: 907

Western Australia: 453

South Australia: 409

Australian Capital Territory: 96

Tasmania: 86

Northern Territory: 26

TOTAL CASES: 5,750

DEAD: 37

The Greenland Group confirmed shipments from Sydney to China in a statement to Daily Mail Australia, saying it “felt compelled” to help “mitigate the spread of the virus, which had caused a shortage of essential medical supplies in China ”.

The supplies were “shipped to China, which was the epicenter of the epidemic at the time,” the statement said.

“As such, the Greenland Group launched a medical supplies campaign and provided accommodation services to front-line medical personnel in China through the company’s hotel group.

“Greenland Australia supported the Greenland Group initiative by organizing the shipment of medical supplies to China. Again, it should be noted that this proactive response occurred in late January and early February, at a time when the global spread of the virus and all response efforts were focused on China. “

The photos show pallets of medical supplies stored in company-stamped boxes in Sydney offices in Greenland and at various airports.

Sherwood Lou, managing director of Greenland Australia, shared photos of the supplies on February 13.

He wrote at the time: “The second batch of contactless front thermometers will soon take off in China! The coronavirus situation is serious, the Chinese, local and foreign, are doing their best, fighting together to fight the virus.

The Greenland Group told Chinese media in Australia that the company collected three million protective masks, 700,000 protective suits for hazardous materials and 500,000 pairs of medical gloves during the global effort

The Greenland Group told Chinese media in Australia that the company collected three million protective masks, 700,000 protective suits for hazardous materials and 500,000 pairs of medical gloves during the global effort

The company has sold $ 1 billion worth of goods in Sydney and Melbourne since arriving in Australia in 2013.

Meanwhile, the federal government is struggling to produce enough medical supplies as confirmed coronavirus cases reach more than 2,400 – and double every three days or so.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said that a “war production unit” had been convened this weekend to prepare Australia.

Federal government struggles to produce enough medical supplies as confirmed coronavirus cases reach more than 2,400. Pictured: two young women in masks walk along Circular Quay in Sydney on Wednesday

Federal government struggles to produce enough medical supplies as confirmed coronavirus cases reach more than 2,400. Pictured: two young women in masks are walking along Circular Quay in Sydney on Wednesday

“We have four companies that have indicated they are willing to make fans and would request approvals that have been given at low speed,” he told Nine News on Monday.

“At the same time, we are working on imports and purchases, large volumes of masks arrived over the weekend, additional volumes of test kits. “

Australia has only one active face mask factory, The Med-Con in Shepparton, a region in northern Victoria.

He faces an unprecedented demand to make hospital masks and gowns during the crisis.

Health Minister Greg Hunt visited a national warehouse of medical supplies on January 24, saying Australia has 20 million single-use masks. WHO announced global shortage of personal protective equipment on February 7

Health Minister Greg Hunt visited a national warehouse of medical supplies on January 24, saying Australia has 20 million single-use masks. WHO announced global shortage of personal protective equipment on February 7

Pictured: Australian-based Chinese real estate company Risland has shipped 90 tonnes of vital medical supplies to Wuhan

Pictured: Australian-based Chinese real estate company Risland has shipped 90 tonnes of vital medical supplies to Wuhan

Last month, Risland published an online article that declared its support for Wuhan and showed workers inside a warehouse filled with thousands of boxes of protective clothing (photo).

Risland published an online article last month that expressed support for Wuhan and showed workers inside a warehouse full of thousands of boxes of protective clothing (photo).

Sydney anesthesiologist Robert Hackett risked his job talking about the shortage of protective equipment faced by frontline medical staff at major Australian hospitals.

As 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes demonstrated that all of the wall dispensers were empty of hand sanitizer, Dr. Hackett explained that staff needed to reuse single-use masks while others had no masks.

“The equipment we have is not much more than a fragile plastic dress sometimes … we are desperate to put these things on the front lines as soon as possible,” he said.

“Many of my colleagues bought hooded dresses and other pieces of equipment from Bunnings and even argued for other people to go to Bunnings and buy these pieces of equipment – I mean we are desperate , none of us has ever signed up for this. “

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said on Wednesday April 1 that the government has banned the export of essential medical supplies such as masks, gloves, gowns, glasses, visors or alcohol wipes, as well as a hand sanitizer.

Anyone caught exporting the goods may face a prison sentence of up to five years under the new amendment to the Customs Regulations (Prohibited Exports) Act 1958, “COVID-19 Human Biosecurity Emergency ”.

FULL DECLARATION OF GREENLAND AUSTRALIA

Greenland Australia can confirm that in late January and early February 2020, the company organized medical supplies shipments to the Greenland Group’s global headquarters in Shanghai to help contain the coronavirus epidemic (COVID -19) rapidly developing in China.

At that time, China was the epicenter of the epidemic, and Greenland Australia’s efforts matched those of many other companies and individuals around the world organizing similar donations.

Greenland Australia’s parent company, Greenland, has felt compelled, as a large international company, to contribute to efforts to curb the spread of the virus, which has caused a shortage of essential medical supplies in China.

As such, the Greenland Group launched a medical supplies campaign and provided accommodation services to front-line medical personnel in China through the company’s hotel group.

Greenland Australia supported the Greenland Group initiative by organizing the shipment of medical supplies to China.

Again, it should be noted that this proactive response occurred in late January and early February, at a time when the global spread of the virus and all response efforts were focused on China.

However, Greenland Australia also recognizes that Australians are currently at risk, and with the more recent and ongoing national spread of COVID-19, society is focusing on helping people in this country, as are many friends of Australia around the world.

Greenland Australia continues to take this pandemic very seriously and, in collaboration with the Greenland Group, we will continue to do everything we can to help.

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