LILLEY: More than 50,000 face shields sent to China could have been used here

It’s infuriating to feel about it now, the point that Canada sent 16 tonnes of health care equipment to China, devices we are now small of as our have wellbeing care workers fight off the pandemic.

I was flabbergasted when my colleague Anthony Furey broke this story a week back, pointing to a Feb. 9 news release detailing the gift from Ottawa to Beijing.

“To guidance China’s ongoing response to the outbreak, Canada has deployed approximately 16 tonnes of private protecting equipment, these kinds of as clothing, face shields, masks, goggles and gloves,” the news release explained.

At the time, Global Affairs Canada available no facts on what was sent overseas. But now the record is out and it is maddening.

It is a total mirror of the type of tools Canada is now managing limited of and it was all despatched right after our 1st quite a few scenarios had arrived in Canada.

Nitrile gloves: 200,000
Encounter shields: 50,118
Coveralls: 36, 425
Aprons: 3,000
Goggles: 1,820
Masks: 1,101

All of those people products are at the top rated of the checklist of desires for every healthcare facility, every single paramedic device and each and every overall health care centre currently dealing with the pandemic but we despatched them to China.

I’m not indicating holding that constrained quantity of offer in Canada would have lined the nation for the entirety of this pandemic, but individuals are the extremely similar merchandise each level of authorities is now hoping to supply somewhere else.

Thank God we did not send them ventilators.

Strangely, the Trudeau govt isn’t just admitting they did this, they are defending it.

“Global cooperation on pandemics is vital to guaranteeing the wellbeing and basic safety of persons all over the world. This contains defending individuals listed here in Canada, as guidance of this form can support to sluggish the spread of the virus,” stated Krystyna Dodds, spokesperson for World Affairs.

“Canada will go on to perform to make sure that we have the equipment we will need to battle this virus — and that our partners do too.”

Connect with me cold but I’m not overly concerned that other countries have the equipment they need to have when Canadians are dealing with shortages.

Other international locations are essentially halting Canada from accessing this same variety of product, something Ontario Premier Doug Ford alluded to in his the latest information meeting. On Tuesday, he claimed the N95 respirator masks are built in Singapore, Britain and a sole American plant.

“They have a person plant in South Dakota that all of The united states is drawing on. The U.K. plant less than the European Union, they will not give North The united states the masks. So, we’re performing everything we can to make sure we have a provide on hand,” Ford explained.

That is 1 illustration of a lack Canada now faces and there are certainly far more.

Each individual day, hospitals throughout the region deal with small supply. While I can recognize encouraging in the midst of a global pandemic, why give up very important supplies that we do not manufacture listed here after the virus has arrived on our shores?

Like so lots of circumstances, the Trudeau government is too small, also late. Like closing the border weeks right after it must have been finished. Like the absence of screening at airports even for flights from coronavirus hotspots.

The federal government has dealt with some matters nicely and some others horribly. Supplying up materials we are now begging for would drop into the taken care of horribly camp.

A person factor is for certain, neither Canada nor any other place will cope with pandemics fairly the very same way in the upcoming.

blilley@postmedia.com