Canada Sent 16 Tonnes of Medical Equipment to China, Now May Face Shortage

Canada sent 16 tonnes of protective equipment to China in February including clothing, face shields, masks, goggles and gloves.

While it may have seemed like a prudent diplomatic move at the time, as the global pandemic spreads, time will tell if Canada will now be faced with their own shortage.

Now, per CTVNews, the federal government has issued a national call asking businesses to offer products and services in support of Canada’s response to the new novel coronavirus.

Doctors say Canadian hospitals are facing a shortage of supplies including ventilators, masks, gloves and gowns needed to protect healthcare workers as they treat the anticipated surge in COVID-19 patients.

“We are running short on supplies and given that we are just at the beginning of this crisis, we’re quite fearful of what is going to happen if we run out of supplies,” Dr. Michelle Cohen said in a Skype interview from Burlington, Ont. with CTV’s Heather Wright.

CBC reported February 15th:

Global Affairs Canada said it had shipped about 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment to China this month, including clothing, face shields, masks, goggles and gloves. Ottawa also agreed to provide $2 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to help vulnerable countries prepare for a potential coronavirus outbreak beyond China.

Renowned Canadian epidemiologist Bruce Aylward recently made his way to China to lead a team of WHO experts to study the origin of the virus and the severity of the disease.

“This is Canada. And when in (times of) need, we want to be there and be able to provide assistance to the extent we can,” Champagne said this week.