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A woman holds boxes of newly purchased protective masks at a shopping mall in Hong Kong, China, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Governments tightened international travel and border crossings with China as they ramped up efforts to stop the spread of the disease. Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Michael Einhorn’s medical utility could go out of the masks to protect against coronaviruses in two weeks unless the Chinese manufacturer of its branded devices resumes production this week.

“We have to make difficult decisions every day about who gets masks and who doesn’t,” said Einhorn, the founder of Dealmed-Park Surgical in New York, which employs nearly 100 people. “Do masks go to the suburban hospital or to the 911 emergency services? It is a great responsibility and we know that we will make some mistakes. “

Einhorn’s dilemma takes place on a global stage. With the deadly virus now spreading in 100 countries, companies cannot meet demand for the masks needed by health workers. As a result, governments struggled for supplies, including the Us, which stockpiles, and Germany and South Korea, which banned the export of masks altogether.

Public health officials warn that restrictive trade measures related to medical care could exacerbate the deficit and increase the risk of poorer nations becoming more vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus. In some countries, including Japan and Germany, doctors are advised to reuse the individual mask they receive daily due to lack of care.

“Most places are unprepared, so there is now a cascade of countries that are introducing these export bans,” said Stephen Morrison, director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “It’s not a long-term solution. Anyone who imposes export bans will not solve the problem of how to get the products in time to meet these acute needs. “

Peter Navarro, a hawkish trade adviser to President Donald Trump, is also urging the US to impose an export ban on certain medical products, such as face masks, and to force pharmaceutical companies to manufacture drugs domestically.

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