OTTAWA – Minister of Services and Public Procurement Anita Anand said Canada is working hard behind the scenes on increasingly challenging logistics to get important COVID-19 medical equipment to Canada from foreign countries.
He said the struggle for surgical masks, gowns, hand sanitizers and ventilators has become wild west among countries facing shortages.
Anand said the market for personal protective equipment has changed and evolved and every day Canada “orders aggressively” in this market.
Ordering equipment does not guarantee delivery which is why Canada now takes “very serious steps” in certain countries to ensure products purchased by Canada meet the requirements and they make it to Canada.
For example, officials at the Canadian Embassy in China have been assigned a diplomatic channel that functions to ensure Canadian orders are shipped on schedule.
Meanwhile, the federal government has also hired private companies to help in the field with quality assurance, domestic logistics, and arranging transportation.
The Canadian Press report was first published April 7, 2020.
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