米国がドイツからN95マスクを強奪 日本は米国から医薬サプライを輸入できなくなる

ドイツのベルリン検察が3Mの中国工場から購入したN95マスク20万枚が、空輸の中継地であるタイのバンコク国際空港で米国政府から介入を受け、米国に奪われた。ベルリン市は「現代の海賊行為」と非難。

3Mは、同社が工場を置いている外国ではN95マスクの供給を同社に頼っており、それを米国に仕向けることは法的、人道的に問題があり、またそういうことをしていると相手国も対米報復してくる危険があるとし、ホワイトハウスからの圧力に抵抗している。3Mは、海外にある生産拠点で製造したN95マスクを、現地と米国の両方に同数出荷している。大統領の命令に従わない3Mに対し、政権幹部はカンカン。

ナヴァッロは、次に発表する行政命令で、米国からの医療品輸出に高い関税を掛け、輸出を制限することを示唆した。

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(↑米国内で買い占めているのは地元のユダヤ人じゃないですか?笑)

コロナ感染者数の統計は、ピーク時の中国より今の米国のほうが悪いため、トランプがおヒスを起こしている。もう大混乱です。面倒を見るから親分なのであって、面倒を見ないのであれば皆が離れていくでしょう。アメリカ・ファーストはバイバイ・アメリカ政策。さて、どうなるんでしょ。



COVID-19: German official accuses US of ‘modern piracy
200,000 face masks ordered by Germany seized at an airport in Bangkok following 'wild west' intervention by US authorities
Ayhan Şimşek | 03.04.2020
BERLIN
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/covid-19-german-official-accuses-us-of-modern-piracy/1791461

A senior German politician on Friday accused the Trump administration of “modern piracy” after nearly 200,000 face masks ordered by Germany were seized by U.S. authorities.

Andreas Geisel, the interior minister for Berlin state, confirmed media reports that about 200,000 FFP2 masks purchased for the Berlin police were seized at an airport in the Thai capital Bangkok following intervention by American authorities.

“We view this as an act of modern piracy,” he said in a written statement, stressing that such behavior between transatlantic partners is unacceptable.

"Even in times of global crisis there should be no wild west methods. I am urging the [German] federal government to demand the U.S.A. respect international rules,” he added.

According to German public broadcaster RBB, Berlin had purchased the masks from U.S. company 3M, which has factories in China.

The shipment destined for Germany was stopped at the Bangkok airport following intervention by American authorities and was diverted to the U.S., local media reported.

The Trump administration has been accused of pursuing a haphazard, “every man for himself” policy on equipment needed to deal with the pandemic.

The rapid spread of coronavirus has led to a global run on sales of face masks, while many countries are facing shortages.

Germany is the third-worst-affected country by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe after Italy and Spain.

Germany's death toll rose to 1,217 on Friday, while the total number of cases surpassed 89,500.

Data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University shows worldwide infections surging past 1 million, with more than 55,100 deaths. Over 221,200 people have recovered.



White House tried to force 3M to send masks from Singapore to US
Trump invokes wartime powers act again to deal with coronavirus equipment shortages

James Politi, Demetri Sevastopulo and Lauren Fedor in Washington and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York April 3, 2020
https://www.ft.com/content/cee34681-5f47-416b-9cbc-d824e9eec68e

The White House tried to force 3M to export masks to the US from its hub in Singapore as tensions with the Minnesota-based manufacturer spilled into the open in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

3M this week resisted demands by White House officials to send about 10m N95 respirator masks being produced in Singapore for markets in Asia to the US, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

The company was reluctant to accept the White House request on legal and humanitarian grounds, as medical workers across the region would be deprived of protection, the person said.

3M executives did commit to exporting a similar number of masks to the US from a plant in China but that did not stop the White House from publicly attacking the company. Donald Trump also invoked Korean war-era powers under the Defense Production Act for the second time since the start of the outbreak. The latest effort would compel the company to sell its products to the US government if requested.

“We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. “P Act” all the way,” the US president wrote in a tweet on Thursday night. “Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing — will have a big price to pay!”

Earlier in the day, Peter Navarro, the White House adviser on trade and manufacturing, had hinted at the rising tensions with the company.

“To be frank, over the last several days we've had some issues, making sure that all of the production that 3M does around the world, enough of it is coming back here to the right places,” he said.

White House officials have also been attempting to persuade 3M to limit exports from US facilities to nearby countries, including Canada and Mexico, according to the person familiar with the matter.

The regional sales account for only one-10th of the masks 3M produces in the US but are in jeopardy because of the White House’s invocation of the DPA. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) is now allowed to use “any and all authority” to buy “the number of N95 respirators” it “determines to be appropriate” from 3M and its subsidiaries, according to the wording of the act.

In a statement on Friday, 3M said the company was going “above and beyond” to boost production of N95 masks for the US market. It confirmed that the Trump administration had “requested that 3M increase the amount of respirators we currently import from our overseas operations into the US”, noting that it had secured the exports from China.

3M also said that the administration had requested that it “cease exporting respirators” from the US to Canadian and Latin American markets, but warned this could trigger a humanitarian crisis in those countries, where 3M is a “critical supplier”. The company also said the move could prompt retaliation against the US.

“If that were to occur, the net number of respirators being made available to the United States would actually decrease. That is the opposite of what we and the Administration, on behalf of the American people, both seek,” 3M said.

A Trump administration official with knowledge of the discussions declined to comment on specifics. But the person said there was “a tremendous amount of frustration” within the president’s coronavirus task force.

“The administration had worked very hard to ease some rules for 3M and other respirator manufacturers because those companies, 3M chief among them, had essentially promised that they would immediately be putting 35m N95s into the US marketplace. It became clear recently that wasn’t happening,” the official said.

The move against 3M came on the same day Mr Trump invoked the DPA to force other companies to make ventilators for coronavirus patients. The president said it would help companies — including General Electric, Hill-Rom, Medtronic, ResMed, Royal Philips and Vyaire Medical — secure the supplies needed to make the ventilators.

“I am grateful to these and other domestic manufacturers for ramping up their production of ventilators during this difficult time,” Mr Trump said, adding that it would “save lives by removing obstacles in the supply chain that threaten the rapid production of ventilators”.

The president invoked the DPA late last month to compel General Motors to make ventilators, after criticising the carmaker for not doing enough to produce equipment.

Mr Trump had faced intense criticism for not invoking the DPA sooner as state governors had warned that more ventilators were needed to treat the rapid rise in patients.

The Trump administration has not enacted export controls to keep products in the US. In G20 discussions, US officials have supported statements that any trade actions should be “temporary, transparent, and appropriate”.

However, Mr Navarro hinted at a forthcoming executive order from the White House that would see the US customs agency block foreign sales of medical supplies with inflated prices. “We are going to crack down unmercifully,” Mr Navarro said.

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