Finland's protective mask order from China, which proved disappointing, also came to the fore in international news.

On Tuesday, the expected flight, a cargo plane from China with surgeon's masks and respirators, landed at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

On Wednesday, Tomi Lounema, CEO of the Finnish Center for Security of Supply, said that the quality of a batch of protective equipment from China has proved disappointing in laboratory tests, as respirators are not suitable for hospital use.

However, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the equipment can be used in care units and home care.

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The international news agency AFP reported the fate of Finland's respiratory protection order on Wednesday night.

The matter was subsequently reported by the Indonesian Jakarta Post as well as the Indian Economic Times in its follow-up.

- The two million protective masks that Finland bought from China have proved unsuitable for hospital use, the Finnish government admitted on Wednesday, AFP says.

Watch the video below for a board briefing on protective equipment.

AFP writes that the Finnish government has not disclosed the amount paid for the shipment. Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey and Australia have also been disappointed in recent weeks with the quality of the masks they buy from China, prompting the Chinese government to suggest that the countries would not have double-checked the products before buying.

The news agency says that on Tuesday the Finnish government revealed that it had made studies and arrangements with three Finnish companies to start manufacturing protective equipment in Finland.

AFP also cites Prime Minister Sanna Marin (sd) ’s Twitter post on Wednesday, in which Marin chirped municipalities and other“ actors ”about poor preparedness for the pandemic.

- Some municipalities and actors are now looking for the state or even the business community to blame for their own poor preparation, Marin wrote on Twitter.

“According to the pandemic plan, health care units must have in their emergency stocks at least 3 to 6 months of normal consumption of protective equipment and other essential health supplies,” he added.

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The spread of the coronavirus has caused a worldwide lack of protective equipment. There has been an acute shortage of face masks, especially in some countries. This has led to a sharp rise in prices for, among other things, protective gloves and respirators. Competition for protective equipment for sale is fierce as countries seek to replenish their inventories and factories to meet exceptional demand.