China keeps limiting the export of emergency supplies and hospital equipment (ventilators), therefore prices remain elevated already at the factories.
China keeps limiting their export of emergency supplies - apparently in fear of their second wave of infections, but claimed to be there to safeguard the quality. Second set of rules effectively limiting export was announced in ten days (April 1 and 10, 2020).
China has reclassified dogs as pets instead of livestock for the first time, as part of a clampdown on animal trade and consumption that was spurred by the pandemic. Next we expect news on bats...
China has a near-monopoly on hospital protection supplies. It has been limiting exports since Apr 1. Meanwhile, USA wants to buy, rob or collect all masks in the world.
EU is watching. WHO is considering.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against the risk of a second wave of infections in the country as the global pandemic continues to spread, CN state media reports.
1. The US authority has recommended that all Americans wear masks if they go out.
2. The US now accepts non-US mask standards (KN95).
Shortage will create a black market, stockpiling, and sky-high prices
We have just received access to 30 quality ventilators. It is very unusual to have this many in stock. Only healthcare organizations or their suppliers, please. These are for both invasive (ICU) and non-invasive use, as well as for patient transfer.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
“There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and how it spreads. Two other coronaviruses have emerged previously to cause severe illness in people (MERS and SARS). 2019-nCoV is more genetically related to SARS than MERS, but both are betacoronaviruses with their origins in bats. While we don’t know for sure that this virus will behave the same way as SARS and MERS, we can use the information from both of these earlier coronaviruses to guide us. In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of 2019-nCoV associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of 2019-nCoV in the United States associated with imported goods. Information will be provided on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus website as it becomes available.”