18October 2020

Centre allows ‘restricted’ exports of PPE coveralls

In the aftermaths of a somewhat controlled number of cases, the government of Canada has announced partial relaxation in the export of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Coveralls which were initially banned due to rising COVID-19 cases in the country. The commodity was previously forbidden from export, but it has now been reclassified as “restricted’, requiring exporters to obtain a government license before shipping. Although the move is in response to demands from local personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers who assured the government of surplus amount, they want the government to ease the restrictions even further and increased the limited quota cap.

” It’s a matter of how we use our best efforts to drive this down. There’s no excuse to show that we are able to do this,”

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO
25August 2020

Export curbs only on specific diagnostic kits PPE coveralls

Due to mutation, new variants are coming into existence and a definite probability exists that some might eventually become resistant to the currently manufactured vaccine. Hence, it is important to realise how crucial it is that the vaccine reaches people as soon as possible. A senior Biden administration official recently announced that 3.9 million J&J vaccine doses would be distributed to states, pharmacies and community health centres also highlighting how the potential for expanded availability is there since the vaccine needs not to be kept in a freezer.

He further added that it’d be a onetime vaccine and people would not have to return to get a booster dose.

“The key point that needs to be emphasised here is that human to human transmission is not rare with these types of viruses.”

Dr Stephen L. Roberts
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