The masks ordered by France in China will be delivered by a series of flights by the end of June, said French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday. "The airlift that we have set up is taking place and the masks ordered will arrive [through] a whole series of flights which will be staggered by the end of June," he said on BFMTV.
Coronavirus: "We must avoid that after the crisis, we are the victim of amnesia and that everything starts again as before", insists Jean-Yves Le Drian pic.twitter.com/5TrApDHL5c- BFMTV (@BFMTV) April 6, 2020
France continues its efforts to source masks, a good now coveted by the whole planet, and its orders from manufacturers in China now reach nearly two billion copies, assured the Minister of Health on Saturday Olivier Véran.
The competition for the purchase of masks is increasingly ruthless. Americans outbid French buyers on the tarmac at a Chinese airport, the Czechs seized boxes destined for other countries…
"Today China is the workshop of the world for masks and the role of French diplomacy is to be the spokesperson, the actor in the field of orders organized by the Ministry of Health" , noted Jean-Yves Le Drian.
“I am in a way the broker of Olivier Véran. I make sure that we identify Chinese companies on their good repute, on the quality of the service, on the security of supply and all our teams […] are mobilized so that the masks arrive well, ”he said. he explains.
"This pandemic must allow a start"
Jean-Yves Le Drian hopes that lessons will be drawn from the crisis at the international level and that the world "will not start again as before".
"This pandemic must allow a start, must make it possible to revisit, to refound the relationship that states have with each other in the face of new dangers, new threats, new issues, new challenges that are global public goods, at the heart of which there is health and climate, "he said.
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"What must be avoided is that after the crisis we consider that we have had a parenthesis, we are the victim of amnesia and that everything starts again as before", he insisted.
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