"The masks were on a plane at Shanghai airport that was ready to take off when the US buyers turned up and offered three times what their French counterparts were paying." https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/02/global-battle-coronavirus-equipment-masks-tests
Some 'Third Man' black market in Vienna anecdotes in this mad story from Shanghai.
“Today the US sent 23 of their biggest cargo planes to China to pick up the material they had acquired. Many of our purchases, which we had hoped to confirm in order to supply [our health system], fell through" said Brazil's health minister.
"In Italy, it took more than two weeks following a phone call from the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for the masks to be released. In Belgium, supplies had still not been delivered"
"Czech authorities denied allegations of state-backed stealing by Giornale Radio Rai, the radio news arm of Italy’s public broadcasting company, RAI. They said the masks had made their way to a warehouse north of Prague, where they were confiscated"
"A similar incident occurred in Kenya, where a shipment of up to 6 million masks bound for Germany mysteriously disappeared while passing through the east African country"
"Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency has launched several clandestine international operations to fly in hundreds of thousands of coronavirus testing kits"
In port of NY, Federal agents seize masks ordered by Massachusetts. In desperation, the Governor creates backchannel to China's ambassador & has Patriots football team send their private jet to pick the PPE from Shanghai & fly it directly to MA hospitals https://www.universalhub.com/2020/baker-got-krafts-involved-getting-those-masks-try
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