Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Says They Won’t Pay China For 8 Million ‘Substandard’ Masks

Right now the world is facing two major issues. The first is the pandemic, the coronavirus. And the second issue is the byproduct of the first, a shortage of protective gear. Many nations are failing to provide their doctors, healthcare personals, and other staff the much needed protective gear and masks that can keep them safe from the coronavirus. Right now there are many countries that are mass producing these protective gear and masks but one name keeps coming up and that is China. But, exactly how good are their products?

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1Won’t pay full price

Recently, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during an interview that Canada will not pay the full price for medical masks they imported from China. Right now every country is facing a shortage of protective gear while facing the coronavirus which includes medical masks. China is one of the only countries mass producing these masks and exporting them to other countries.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Says They Won’t Pay China For 8 Million 'Substandard’ Masks

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2What seems to be the issue?

According to reports, eight million surgical-grade masks were imported from China for the people and medical workers of Canada. The issue was that these eight million medical-grade masks were found to be substandard. These masks did not meet the medical standards that Canada wanted hence the refusal to pay for them.

What seems to be the issue

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3What did Trudeau say?

In interviews regarding this matter, Trudeau said that they have been working very hard to find good quality masks for their medical workers and people since the very beginning of this pandemic. They were unable to find large quantities of these masks until China stepped in but now the masks did not meet the verification standards of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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4The masks are useless

According to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team, the masks are practically useless as they do not meet the medical standards for which they were purchased. The total number of masks is said to be around 11 million with only one million meeting the Canadian standards. Another 1.6 million are still being tested.

The masks are useless

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5They will not pay for what they cannot use

During a briefing where Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the media on this topic, he said that the country will not be paying for masks that do not match the standards and quality they need. These masks are mainly for the doctors and other front-line workers who desperately need them.

They will not pay for what they cannot use

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