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Ottawa, Apr 13 (Canadian-Media): With the global market being overwhelmed by much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line workers, Canada set up a made-for-Canada plan with the help of diplomats and consultants in China to get timely and quality delivery of essential medical supplies, media reports said.
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Dominic Barton, Canada’s ambassador to China , being knowledgeable of the Chinese economy is helping Canada secure medical supplies from China.
To ensure timely delivery of quality goods that meet Canadian standards and not diverted to a higher bidder, Canada hired France-based Bolloré Logistics which facilitated in the procurement of about eight million surgical masks ordered by the federal government, and other orders made directly by the governments of Nova Scotia and Quebec.
Members of the Chinese diaspora in Canada are also using their business connections to help federal and provincial governments secure reliable supplies.
Canada's plan to increase the number of flights to grow to keep up with the supply chain China, airlines are working to be ready to meet the demand and boosting their cargo capacity.
On Saturday Air Canada publicly announced that it was boosting its cargo capacity by stripping the seats out of three of its enormous Boeing 777 aircraft to double their cargo capacity.
To further reduce risk, Canada is buying from as many Chinese factories as possible to avoid being left vulnerable due to a sudden drop in quality from a specific supplier.
"These supply chains are complex," Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said on April 7. "But we are taking every effort to make sure that we get those goods back to Canada and in the hands of front-line health-care workers."
This aggressive approach in the global procurement of getting personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line workers, including bulk-buying for the provinces and scaling up domestic manufacturing capacity are part of Public Services and Procurement Canada.