California had hoped to buy $1 billion in personal protective gear from a Chinese company better known for electric cars and buses.
“We must not lurch toward the dystopian world of Aldous Huxley’s 'Brave New World' or George Orwell’s '1984'," said a California senator.
“We unfortunately see unscrupulous actors marketing fraudulent test kits and using the pandemic as an opportunity to take advantage of Americans’ anxiety,” the FDA said in a statement.
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“The quality is terrible,” said one federal prison staffer of the KN95 he received. “I don’t even know where they got ’em from.”
China’s BYD got special FDA approval to import respirators for medical use despite a history of problems in the U.S.
“They're supplying them through the same exact supply chain, through the same exact marketing mechanisms, that they have with illicit drugs for a long time.”
“We should get the results in one or two days.”
“Or wiping it with a Clorox wipe, which is not optimal.”
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Fear of lawsuits and red tape are keeping them out of the hands of American frontline medical workers.
“It felt like I was in a third-world country fabricating protective equipment for Ebola. I mean, this is incredibly rudimentary equipment.”