One million Canadian KN95 masks bought from China are not up to standard

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: AP.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: AP.

Public Health Agency Canada said about 1 million KN95 masks purchased from China do not meet the federal standards of this country for use by doctors at the frontline against epidemics.

Therefore, the Canadian government will not introduce masks that do not meet this standard, even though its provinces and territories are seriously lacking in medical equipment, according to Politico.

“To date, the Public Health Agency of Canada has identified approximately 1 million KN95 masks that are not up to the standards used in the medical environment,” said Eric Morrissette, a spokesman for the Canadian Community Health Agency.

The race to buy equipment, due to a global shortage, has forced countries to find new suppliers and manufacturers, according to Morrisette.

The KN95 respirator is a Chinese face mask similar to the N95 mask used exclusively for physicians who fight the Covid-19 epidemic. Canada has generally approved the use of an KN95 respirator to combat epidemics, but still inspects each shipment.

Attempts to buy medical protective equipment from China have had another problem when the two planes to China to carry goods back were forced to “empty-handed” back to Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the problem was due to transport problems in Shanghai and the strict regulations on the time the aircraft was waiting at the airport here, but the Chinese disagreed with this explanation.

China accounts for 70% of Canada’s medical protective equipment supply, the rest is from the US, UK and Switzerland, a senior source in Canada told Politico this week.

Government Procurement Ministry spokeswoman Anita Anand said the previous four aircraft had brought many medical supplies from Canada over the weekend.

Canadian officials said they were considering using non-standard respirators for other, non-medical settings.


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