A tweet by the Chinese Ambassador to India about 50 thousand masks donated by China’s Guangdong Province to the Indian state of Gujarat has sparked mixed reactions on the microblogging site Twitter. Under global speculation that China has been selling the donated exports of ventilators, surgical masks, and personal protective gear to countries such as Italy, some commenters lashed out.
The tweet garnered over 964 likes and was shared 182 times. An aggravated user wrote in the comments section saying, “Return the masks to China”. While another wrote, “Thank you, I am from Gujarat. Let's beat this virus,” lauding the country’s initiative. The medics in the frontline have reported that due to the onslaught of the patients in the recent past, protective masks and other personal protective equipment have to be reused to account for the critical shortage. According to media reports, thousands of medical equipment and test kits sold by China to Europe at marked-up prices were returned as “defective”.
50K masks donated by Guangdong Province of China to its Sister State Gujarat have arrived in India today. Hand in Hand we stand to overcome this difficulty #Covid19— Sun Weidong (@China_Amb_India) April 6, 2020
That's Indian spirit we need to keep up even after this pandemic is over☺️— नेत्रा डाऊ 🙏🇮🇳 (@onlyonenetra) April 6, 2020
I think they are sending back our MASK which india had supplied them in Feb.. they r doing publicity to look good in World's eye.. @China_Amb_India world will not accept this #maskpropogada https://t.co/aMjSSNztD0— Kairav Adhvaryu 🇮🇳 (@kairav5) April 6, 2020
Sir also donate ventilators ..— भारतीय (@ahmedmoiz819) April 6, 2020
Thank you China, this is brotherhood.— Stay Home, Stay Safe 🌻 (@Ketul1Indian) April 6, 2020
What action government of China is taking on exporters of faulty medical supply to different countries?— ग्रह मंत्री (@grah_mantri) April 6, 2020
More recently, in another challenge, N95 counterfeit respiratory masks advertised as "certified by U.S. safety regulators" were pulled down from websites in India. The Valpro Ranger 821 and 821V masks were being promoted on Midas Safety websites across eight countries, including China, as per the media reports.