Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said federal health authorities will not cut any corners when it comes to ensuring masks provided by China meet the necessary standards for protecting Canadian health-care workers from COVID-19.
The comment follows reports the Dutch government is recalling around 600,000 defective masks that were recently shipped from China and had been distributed to various hospitals in the Netherlands.
On March 27, Bank of China donates medical supplies (including 30000 medical masks, 10000 sets of protective clothing, 10000 goggles and 50000 pairs of gloves, followed by N95 medical masks) to Canada fighting against COVID-19. We are together! pic.twitter.com/47VlWPlQyG— ChineseEmbassyOttawa (@ChinaEmbOttawa) March 28, 2020
The donation includes 30,000 medical masks, 10,000 sets of protective clothing, 10,000 goggles and 50,000 pairs of gloves, the embassy said, adding N-95 masks would also be sent.
Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne thanked the country on Twitter.
“In the face of a global pandemic, supporting each other is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” he wrote.
Thank you for this donation.— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) March 28, 2020
In the face of a global pandemic, supporting each other is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. https://t.co/rE1BZZfrCR
HuffPost Canada reached out to the Public Health Agency of Canada and Global Affairs to learn more about the donation, but did not hear back at the time of publishing.
In February, Canada sent 16 tonnes of protective equipment to China when they were in the midst of fighting COVID-19. The supplies included clothes, masks, face shields, goggles and gloves.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Trudeau defended sending the supplies to what was the epicentre of...