On this file photograph Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau feedback on the taking pictures in Nova Scotia throughout a information convention April 20, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. Dave Chan / AFP
The Canadian authorities mentioned Friday that a million KN95 masks imported from China didn’t meet its strict requirements and so couldn’t be distributed to frontline well being staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Public Well being Company of Canada “has identified approximately one million KN95 masks as non-compliant with specifications for healthcare settings,” a spokesman instructed AFP.
“These items were not distributed to provinces and territories for frontline health care response, and are being subsequently assessed for use in non-healthcare settings,” he mentioned.
Chinese language mannequin KN95 masks are much like N95 masks, in addition to the FFP2 mannequin utilized in Europe.
“Much of the world’s supply is manufactured in China and moving materials out of that country is highly complex,” mentioned Public Companies and Procurement Minister Anita Anand.
The connection between Ottawa and Beijing has been on the rocks ever for the reason that arrest of Meng Wanzhou, an govt at Chinese language telecoms big Huawei, in December 2018 in Vancouver.
Thousands and thousands of different respirators and N95 masks are at present being scrutinized by the company, Anand mentioned.
In the meantime home manufacturing of masks and different medical provides “is ramping up,” with contracts signed with three extra Canadian corporations this week to provide 16 million “medical face shields.”
Basic Motors mentioned in an announcement it could begin producing a million masks per thirty days for the Canadian authorities at its Oshawa meeting plant, which had been shuttered in December 2019.
The pinnacle of its union, Jerry Dias, mentioned he was “thrilled” that 50 workers “will be recalled” to make the masks. Some 2,000 auto staff misplaced their jobs when the plant was closed.
In early April, Canada obtained deliveries of greater than 10 million masks and introduced complete orders for greater than 60 million extra N95 masks.