As reported earlier, the People Republic of China has ramped up its strategy to mitigate the international flak it is receiving in the wake of rising Wuhan Virus cases by peddling fake propaganda. The other initiative is the soft-power push. China is showering struggling European nations with aid and cheap medical equipment as part of a diplomatic charm offensive. For which it has started running its factory productions on overdrive to reap benefits from the globe’s pandemic stricken hues and cries.
Working 24*7 to produce products in high demand, that is masks, ventilators, testing kits, China is not maintaining quality control even in these dire times. Profiteering out of this Wuhan virus pandemic, which itself has been caused by China, is something of a criminal approach adopted by China.
After Czech Republic, Spain too has come become victim of the communist regime’s greed. Even as the country grapples with a greater death toll than in China itself, and thousands of cases, China has exported to Spain faulty testing kits, throwing Madrid’s response to the crisis further off course.
Medical personnel in the European countries of Spain and the Czech Republic have reported that the Wuhan virus rapid tests their respective countries have received from China are faulty and have a high error rate. Madrid, the capital of Spain has stopped using the rapid Covid-19 test kit made by a Chinese company after research suggested it was not accurate enough.
The dubious company that made and delivered the kit goes by the name Bioeasy and is based in Shenzhen. The test kits have only 30 per cent accuracy as against the 80 per cent demanded by the Spanish doctors.
Reservations over the kits’ dependability emerged as the number of confirmed cases in Spain rose sharply on Thursday to 56,188, with 4,089 deaths. After Italy, Spain has also overtaken China in the number of cases. The surge in numbers has brought the medical system in Spain to the brink of collapse, with more than 5,400 healthcare workers infected, around 12 per cent of the total. Worldwide, the disease has now infected more than 468,000 and killed over 21,000.
In times of pandemics and matter of life and death like this, every day, every hour and every test counts. But China’s lack of quality control and desperation to earn a few nickels is belittling the Spanish people, and playing with their lives. Due to the test’s lack of reliability Spain has switched back to the PCR test, which takes up to four hours for a diagnosis, while rapid tests take between 10 to 15 minutes.
On Thursday, the Chinese embassy in an effort to calm Spanish officials claimed on Twitter that the Bioeasy test kits had not been approved by China’s National Medical Products Administration and were not included in the medical supplies sent by the Chinese government to Spain.
“The Chinese Ministry of Commerce offered Spain a list of approved suppliers, in which Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology was not included,” the tweet said.
The tweet was aimed to douse the fire as the Chinese feared the Spanish government cancelling the €432 million (US$468 million) order for medical equipment and supplies including 550 million face masks, 5.5 million testing kits and 950 ventilators, according to a report in TOI.
In the Czech Republic, up to 80 per cent of the 300,000 rapid Wuhan virus test kits ordered from China are not working properly. The test kits, worth 54 million korunas (€1.83 million), show false positive as well as negative results.
China has been under fire worldwide for hiding the severity of the virus and then lying about through its mouthpiece WHO to the entire world. Since then, China has been working on an overdrive to profit from the crisis. The country is earning billions of dollars by selling masks, kits, and ventilators when the world is fighting from a virus that originated in China. The communist regime has tried to answer the attacks with donations, offers of help to impacted countries, and a false claim that the United States planted the virus.
China is looking to wash away its hands from the entire episode using soft-diplomacy and it would be a failure on part of all the countries if Communist country slips under the radar here.