Keyword: healthcare equipment

Covid-19: the chaos and blunders behind the mask shortages in France

By , , and mélanie delattre
In dire need and short supply: protective face masks. © Nicolas Liponne/Hans Lucas In dire need and short supply: protective face masks. © Nicolas Liponne/Hans Lucas

In a televised address on Monday evening when he announced the lockdown on public movement to contain the Covid-19 virus epidemic is now extended into May, French President Emmanuel Macron admitted “our country was not sufficiently ready for this crisis”. But while the unpreparedness can be traced back to its predecessors, the French government has failed with its strategy for the urgent procurement of a vital piece of equipment that frontline healthcare staff sorely lack: protective masks. In this second investigation into the fiasco, Mediapart details the blunders that continue to place healthcare workers in danger, and how the business world has been more effectively provided for than hospitals.