Demand for masks has surged in recent weeks, exhausting not just China’s stockpile, but emptying shelves from Bangkok to Boston. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
Demand for masks has surged in recent weeks, exhausting not just China’s stockpile, but emptying shelves from Bangkok to Boston. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Coronavirus: China’s surgical mask shortage ripples through global supply chain as health crisis continues

  • China is the world’s largest producer of medical facial masks, but surging demand amid the coronavirus outbreak has created a severe shortage
  • The shortfall has prompted Beijing to adopt quasi-wartime rationing, leading to an increase in imports and pushing some companies to manufacture their own for staff

Demand for masks has surged in recent weeks, exhausting not just China’s stockpile, but emptying shelves from Bangkok to Boston. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
Demand for masks has surged in recent weeks, exhausting not just China’s stockpile, but emptying shelves from Bangkok to Boston. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
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