A plane from Wuhan city in China—ground-zero of the COVID-19 outbreak—landed in Sydney on April 8, carrying 90 tonnes of medical supplies, including protective masks, gowns, and respirators.
The flight crew were ordered to quarantine themselves in a hotel at Sydney Airport for 16 hours until their next flight departed on April 9.
Although Australia is in desperate need of medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE), the decision to allow the plane to come has drawn criticism and anger.
Credlin expressed her feelings about the potential exposure of Australians to the CCP virus by the flight crew.
“The person who cleans the room the next day, and changes the linen—why are we putting ourselves at risk?” she said.
“Yet these guys, they’re getting off a plane from [expletive] Wuhan," she said.
The AHPPC announcement said aircrew on international flights are exempt from the mandatory 14-day self-isolation rules.
The flight from Wuhan was operated by Suparna (JinPeng), the second-largest Chinese cargo company. Staff wore full protective gear as they unloaded the medical supplies.
China Sells Defective Medical SuppliesWhile Australia is desperate for medical supplies and PPE there is mounting concern in the international community about the quality of supplies being sold by China, which have been described using words like dodgy, faulty, defective, dirty, and, unfitting.
He added that they had to deal with a large number of obscure suppliers in China which makes it difficult to trace where goods are actually made.
“Prices are rising all the time, transactions have to be done quickly and you have to pay in advance,” he said. “The commercial risk is very high.”
The City of Toronto is investigating whether care workers may have been exposed to the CCP virus while wearing one of the faulty masks.
The CEO of Ireland's Health Services Executive, Paul Reid, said on April 5 that about 20 percent of a consignment of PPE from China was defective. The faulty items carried a value of 4 million euro (US$4.4 million, AU$6.9 million).
On April 8, the Chinese regime's customs administration admitted to the poor quality of the PPE that was exported in a statement titled: "China moves to ensure quality of medical supply exports.”