US accused of ‘modern piracy’ after diversion of masks meant for Europe

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US accused of ‘modern piracy’ after diversion of masks meant for Europe




German politician adds to chorus of complaints about American tactics to source protective gear

The US has been accused of “modern piracy” after reportedly diverting a shipment of masks intended for the German police, and outbidding other countries in the increasingly fraught global market for coronavirus protective equipment.

About 200,000 N95 masks made by the manufacturer GM were diverted to the US as they were being transferred between planes in Thailand, according to the Berlin authorities who had ordered the masks for the police force.

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