China’s had a rough few months. Key points: China has been rapidly scaling up its medical equipment manufacturing base Most medical product regulation varies by country, at varying enforcement levels Australia’s only mask manufacturer says faulty products risk introducing more pathogens As the emerging superpower entered 2020, a coronavirus outbreak in the industrial hub of Wuhan swept the nation, then the world, which crippled the global economy in turn. By March, things began to slowly turn around, as China’s drastic lockdown measures appear to have slowed the country’s infection rates. This has placed China in a position to supply sorely needed medical products as coronavirus has shuttered production capacity elsewhere. Chinese state media Xinhua reported in early March that China was producing 116 million masks daily, about 12 times as many as a month prior, according to official data.

 

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