Over 50,000 PPE kits sent by China to India unsafe, unusable: Report

Over 50,000 PPE kits sent by China to India unsafe, unusable: Report

As many as 90,000 PPE kits from China failed the Indian quality and safety test, The Economic Times reported.

India’s problem with an adequate supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) continues even as local production has picked up.

Almost 50,000 of these kits were among the 170,000 donated units which arrived from China on April 5. China is the world’s largest supplier of medical PPE. These 50,000 units failed quality tests and are unusable, a source told the paper.

Besides this, smaller consignments of PPE received earlier – with 30,000 and 10,000 kits, also failed the safety test, the source added. Many of these kits were also made in China.

The major supplier China, acknowledging the problem, has requested countries to procure equipment from “reputed Chinese firms” recognized by the government, PTI reported.

This comes after multiple incidents, where France and Italy also found that masks procured from China were unusable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Globally, there have been over 20.6 lakh confirmed cases of COVID-19. At least 1.34 lakh people have died so far. In India, confirmed cases stand at 12,380. The death toll from the outbreak in India is at 414.