WHO Says Stocks of Coronavirus Protective Gear, Including Masks, Can’t Meet Demand - (U.S. News & World via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The World Health Organization is warning of a "severe disruption" in the market for personal protective equipment amid the 2019-nCoV outbreak, as reported in U.S. News & World.

  • WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient to meet the needs of WHO and our partners."

  • He noted that demand is up to 100 times more than usual for some equipment, while prices are up to 20 times higher.

  • He also estimated that frontline emergency health responders will need roughly 7% to 10% of the market capacity for the gear.

  • Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, said the shortage will be a difficult problem to solve because it involves producers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers across public and private sectors.

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