MADRID/BEIJING – With a dire shortage of protective face masks in Europe, even for health workers, a senior manager at a Spanish furniture store group was surprised to hear business partners and staff in China offering to send him masks.
The starting point of the coronavirus pandemic, and for weeks its epicenter, China has seen new cases fall over the past weeks.
The death toll from the respiratory disease is now higher in Europe, particularly in Italy and Spain, causing a rush to find protective gear.
“I worked in China for several years. When you’re there, they give you things like tea, liquor or cookies. But up until now the suppliers did not send us gifts to Spain,” said Ignacio Rey, the commercial director of Rey Corporación.
Rey is expecting to receive next week a parcel of 100 masks, which he plans to give to a local health centre. His import manager has received masks from a supplier and staff in China have also asked if they could help.