Never occured to I that Chinese residents, in China, would need AID from outside. Yes, I had heard that they had run out of face masks — but I also knew that 95% of face masks produced in the world must be made in China.
Plus, like you, I watched those videos, in amazement, as China built huge hospitals — to fight the virus — in 10-days.
I had fallen into the trap of thinking that the Chinese Government was omnipotent and had more money and resources than they knew what to do with.
Would appear that this is not exactly the case. I checked base with a couple of Chinese friends, living and working in the U.S. (locally), and heard this:
“We have been busy doing medical relief supply fundraising for hospitals in China. We have 4th and 5th batch of supplies to out tomorrow to two hospital with 500 surgical gowns and 1200 isolation gowns“.
I was gobsmacked. I had not heard about this at all. I would have thought Governments & Aid Organizations (e.g., WHO, Red Cross) would be doing this. Not individual Chinese citizens living in the U.S.
I am, of course, also impressed and humbled.
1,200 isolation gowns. 500 surgical gowns.
Shipping anything to China, for reasons I can never fathom, is expensive. So, WOW, WOW, WOW.
I wanted to share this with you because I am sure that this is not common knowledge.
I will keep you posted.