China says it has sold nearly four billion masks abroad

China says it has sold nearly four billion masks abroad

China has sold nearly four billion masks to foreign countries since March, officials said, as they tried to stem widespread fears over the quality of medical exports, RTE reports.

Despite Chinese cases dwindling, Beijing has encouraged factories to increase production of medical supplies as the pandemic kills over 60,000 globally and parts of the world face a protective equipment shortage.

China has exported 3.86 billion masks, 37.5 million pieces of protective clothing, 16,000 ventilators and 2.84 million Covid-19 testing kits since 1 March, customs official Jin Hai said, with orders to more than 50 countries.

She added the country's medical supply exports were valued at 10.2 billion yuan (€1.4 billion).

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