Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau authorized the transfer of approximately 17 tons of protective supplies to China — when that country was in the midst of its coronavirus outbreak in February. Now, with the COVID-19 virus afflicting Canada, doctors and hospitals are reporting a shortage of equipment, with some facilities limiting physicians to one face mask a day.
H/T: Daily Caller
Andrew Scheer, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, demanded answers Thursday in a statement on Twitter: “Outrageous. [Doctors] across the country are facing urgent shortages of critical supplies. [Prime Minister Trudeau] must explain why he sent 50,118 face shields, 1,101 masks, 1,820 goggles, 36,425 medical coveralls, 200,000 nitrile gloves and 3,000 aprons from Canada’s own [government] reserves overseas in Feb.”
Outrageous. Drs across the country are facing urgent shortages of critical supplies. PM must explain why he sent 50,118 face shields, 1,101 masks, 1,820 goggles, 36,425 medical coveralls, 200,000 nitrile gloves and 3,000 aprons from Canada’s own gov't reserves overseas in Feb. https://t.co/OkXFErFw57— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) March 26, 2020
“It was absolutely certain in early February that we would need this equipment,” Amir Attaran, a professor at University of Ottawa’s school of epidemiology and public health and its faculty of law, told the Globe and Mail. "This decision went beyond altruism into high negligence and incompetence because Canada did not, and does not, have surplus equipment to spare.”
It wasnt just Canada— Suze Michelini (@emilia_suze) March 27, 2020
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Why can’t you find a mask to wear? For two months, China had its ex-pats around the world buy up protective gear in bulk and ship it back to China. In Canada, Trudeau shipped 16 tons of masks to China — for free, as foreign aid, just last month. pic.twitter.com/Q2KW4M6uXW— Ezra Levant 🇨🇳🦠 (@ezralevant) March 27, 2020