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Modern Piracy in Times of Corona
« on: April 03, 2020, 09:25:17 PM »
German news sites report the hijacking of a delivery of 200,000 FFP2 and FFP3 masks. The Berlin police force had ordered those from China, but according to security personnel the delivery mysteriously changed its direction to the USA when they were supposed to be reloaded to another plane in Bangkok. The French report similar changes of direction to the USA for their orders of masks. Similar reports also from Canada about their orders of protective gear.

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Re: Modern Piracy in Times of Corona
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2020, 11:44:43 PM »
US hijacking mask shipments in rush for coronavirus protection

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Re: Modern Piracy in Times of Corona
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2020, 04:14:13 PM »
Another good article on the US lead "mask wars":

US accused of 'modern piracy' after diversion of masks meant for Europe

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Re: Modern Piracy in Times of Corona
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2020, 05:09:23 AM »
Berlin health senator Dilek Kalayci (SPD) wants to ask the Bundeswehr for help with the transport of protective masks from China to Germany. Kalayci told Berliner Morgenpost that she had made a request for mutual assistance. "We are currently purchasing new masks and are expecting a delivery from China," she said. "The problem is that we don't get them transported to Berlin." She appealed to Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) to agree to the request. "The Bundeswehr would have to take care of the transport - and fly the protective clothing to Berlin."

The Berlin Senate is currently waiting for 400,000 protective masks to be ordered from Asia. The first batch of 200,000 masks has disappeared at the airport in Bangkok, Thailand, according to the Senate. The reason is still unknown, the Senate is investigating, it was said.

The masks were intended for the Berlin police. Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) announced on Friday that the masks had been confiscated at the instigation of the United States. The portal t-online.de quoted a high US government official, however, with the statement that the allegations from Berlin were wrong.

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Looks like the military needs to get involved into these 'mask wars" now.  :(

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Re: Modern Piracy in Times of Corona
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2020, 11:47:00 AM »
U.S. coronavirus supply spree sparks outrage among allies

From Europe to South America, U.S. allies are complaining about the superpower’s “Wild West” tactics in outbidding or blocking shipments to buyers who have already signed deals for vital medical supplies.

In France and Germany, senior officials said the United States was paying far above the market price for medical-grade masks from No. 1 producer China, on occasion winning contracts through higher bids even after European buyers believed a deal was done, and Brazil’s health minister reported a similar incident.

“Money is irrelevant. They pay any price because they are desperate,” one high-level official in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU/CSU group told Reuters.

A German government source said: “Americans are on the move, carrying a lot of money.”

Since the virus was first recorded in China late last year, the pandemic has spread around the world. Governments in Europe, the Americas and elsewhere are desperately trying to build up supplies for medics, nursing home staff and the public.

Now, with global cases surpassing one million and the outbreak exploding in the United States, the competition for precious stocks is intensifying further.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that the U.S. government is now recommending Americans wear cloth face coverings on a voluntary basis to stem the spread of the virus, but the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend wearing medical-grade masks.

He also said he was signing a directive to stop the export of N95 respirator masks, which provide essential protection for healthcare workers, and other U.S. medical equipment.

U.S.-listed multinational 3M Co said Friday that the White House had ordered it to stop all shipments to Canada and Latin America of respirators that it manufactures in the United States, despite what 3M called “significant humanitarian implications.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the blocking the flow of equipment across the border would be a “mistake” that could backfire, noting that the country’s healthcare professionals go to work in Detroit every day.

In another case, an order of 200,000 masks bound for Germany from a 3M factory in China were “confiscated” in Bangkok, Berlin Secretary of Interior Andreas Geisel, said in a statement, calling it an “act of modern piracy.”

“Even in times of global crisis you shouldn’t use Wild West methods,” he said.

more here from  reuters.com
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Re: Modern Piracy in Times of Corona
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2020, 05:10:00 PM »
the war of the masks

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US firm denies masks for Germany seized in Bangkok

US firm 3M has denied allegations that thousands of its face masks destined for Germany were seized while in transit in Bangkok and diverted by US authorities on April 3.

3M told Germany’s dpa news agency that it had no reports of masks being seized, nor any paperwork on such a shipment destined for Berlin.

full article thaipbsworld.com
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Re: Modern Piracy in Times of Corona
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2020, 10:35:46 AM »
Better than arguing is creating alternatives...

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In the fight against the corona epidemic, the federal government has organized an "airlift" for transports with urgently needed protective equipment from China to Germany. This enables them to send a Lufthansa passenger plane to Shanghai every day for 25 tons of freight, as the German Press Agency learned from the Federal Ministry of Health.

In addition, there are additional transport options through the Ministry of Defense. Both measures should serve to be able to react flexibly to the flow of goods.

Protective equipment for medical personnel such as respiratory masks and suits are currently scarce worldwide, and the market is also highly competitive. The federal government has therefore started central procurement in order to procure additional material for distribution to medical practices, hospitals and nursing homes. Purchasing and delivery conditions are sometimes difficult - especially in China, which represents the majority of global protective mask production.(Der Spiegel)

What's next? Will the USAF now hijack those planes?

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Re: Modern Piracy in Times of Corona
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2020, 11:11:31 AM »
Trudeau told a briefing that 500,000 N95 surgical masks from Saint Paul, Minnesota-based 3M Co - part of a batch of 4 million ordered by the province of Ontario - should arrive on Wednesday.

Canadian officials pressed their U.S. counterparts after Ontario complained the shipment had been blocked. U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order last week to stop personal protective equipment from being exported.

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