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A whistleblower revealed how he saw how essential medical equipment was purchased from Australian pharmacies and then shipped to China in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

Greenland Group, which manages real estate developments around the world with the support of the Chinese government, told workers in Sydney in January to discontinue their normal jobs.

Instead, they were tasked with purchasing face masks, hand sanitizers, thermometers, and other medical items, storing them at their offices, and shipping them to China.

One of the employees of the company told us 60 minutes he was uncomfortable and suspicious when he saw the boardrooms filled with emergency equipment repackaged for export.

“I think in times of crisis we all have a responsibility to do something, and I felt I should do something,” he said.

“It just wasn’t for me that things like this could happen. I couldn’t just watch it and just shut up. ‘

Medical experts are deeply concerned about a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which already exposes frontline medical personnel to a coronavirus infection.

The supply of face masks in Australia was already depleted by the forest fire crisis when the coronavirus pandemic started in Wuhan, China.

Medical equipment pallets are shipped to China by project developers Risland Australia, another Beijing-backed company that redeployed staff to purchase supplies for China

Medical equipment pallets are shipped to China by project developers Risland Australia, another Beijing-backed company that redeployed staff to purchase supplies for China

Risland returned 90 tons of medical supplies purchased in Australia to China in February

Risland returned 90 tons of medical supplies purchased in Australia to China in February

Risland returned 90 tons of medical supplies purchased in Australia to China in February

When the pandemic started to strike Australia, large quantities of essential medical supplies were shipped from Sydney to China at the request of the Beijing-backed Greenland Group.

“It made me suspect that the biggest concern was whether all of these essential medical items would leave the country, what’s left for us?” said the Greenland’s whistleblower.

“It is very worrying that essential equipment can simply leave our borders in huge commercial quantities

Greenland Group was not the only Chinese-backed company to buy Australian supplies.

Chinese real estate developer Poly Developments and Holdings told staff at the Sydney office in Australia Square to check local pharmacies for surgical N95 face masks or 8210 masks.

The waterproof, heavy-duty protective equipment used by medical personnel abroad to tackle the coronavirus that Australian health professionals can only dream of

The waterproof, heavy-duty protective equipment used by medical personnel abroad to tackle the coronavirus that Australian health professionals can only dream of

The waterproof, heavy-duty protective equipment used by medical personnel abroad to tackle the coronavirus that Australian health professionals can only dream of

Staff replied that they searched the city from Eastwood to Hornsby, Penrith and Mona Vale.

In February, another Chinese property developer, Risland Australia, shipped 90 tons of medical protective equipment to China.

Risland posted an online report last month saying that ’90 tons of selective medical supplies’ were shipped ‘air transportation directly from Sydney to Wuhan via a business jet’.

Video footage also emerged when boxes of surgical masks were stacked at a Perth airport before being sent to Wuhan on February 8 – when there were 15 cases of coronavirus in Australia.

China makes most of the world's protective gear after globalization shifts production to the low-cost producer. Workers on a facial mask production line on March 30 in Longyan, Fujian Province (photo). China has confiscated production in a number of factories

China makes most of the world's protective gear after globalization shifts production to the low-cost producer. Workers on a facial mask production line on March 30 in Longyan, Fujian Province (photo). China has confiscated production in a number of factories

China makes most of the world’s protective gear after globalization shifts production to the low-cost producer. Workers on a facial mask production line on March 30 in Longyan, Fujian Province (photo). China has confiscated production in a number of factories

China not only told its companies in Australia to buy medical supplies – the Chinese Communist Party affiliates bought supplies all over the world.

In two months, China has collected an estimated 2.4 billion pieces of protective equipment, including over 2 billion masks, 60 minutes reported.

At the same time, production ceased in factories producing protective equipment for export to countries around the world.

Chinese real estate developers Greenland sent staff to buy the medical supplies (see photo). A whistleblower has revealed how uncomfortable he was that he just had to take action

Chinese real estate developers Greenland sent staff to buy the medical supplies (see photo). A whistleblower has revealed how uncomfortable he was that he just had to take action

Chinese real estate developers Greenland sent staff to buy the medical supplies (see photo). A whistleblower has revealed how uncomfortable he was that he just had to take action

The whistleblower told for 60 minutes how suspicious he was looking at the boxes of medical supplies that were unpacked and repackaged in the staff room, boardroom and lunchroom

The whistleblower told for 60 minutes how suspicious he was looking at the boxes of medical supplies that were unpacked and repackaged in the staff room, boardroom and lunchroom

The whistleblower told for 60 minutes how suspicious he was looking at the boxes of medical supplies that were unpacked and repackaged in the staff room, boardroom and lunchroom

Guillaume Laverdure, president of the facial mask manufacturer Medicom Group, said the Chinese government has advanced three factories in China and one in Shanghai.

“So the government sent people to take control of the inventory and products in our factory,” Mr. Laverdure told 60 Minutes.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 5,688

New South Wales: 2580

Victoria: 1135

Queensland: 907

Western Australia: 453

South Australia: 409

Australian Capital Territory: 96

Tasmania: 82

Northern Territory: 26

TOTAL CASES: 5,688

DEATH: 35

The corona virus crisis has exposed the weakness of a globalized supply chain, making Australia dependent on imports, without the ability to make life-saving equipment in the face of a deadly pandemic.

By allowing importers to undercut domestic producers, Australia lost the ability to make its own masks and moved all production capacity to cheap China.

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had raised the alarm on February 7 about the global shortage of protective equipment, even as Chinese companies stripped masks from Australian pharmacies.

“The world is facing serious disruption of the personal protective equipment market,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus at a Geneva press conference on television.

“Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient to meet the needs of WHO and our partners.”

Dr. Tedros’s announcement came just two weeks after Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt went through the national medical supply and posted photos on Twitter to reassure the Australian public that Australia was not short on 20 million single-use masks.

How bulk supplies of Australian face masks, hand sanitizers, and other vital medical supplies were shipped to CHINA when the coronavirus pandemic caught on

Bulk supplies of vital medical supplies were shipped from China to China at the request of a Beijing-backed real estate giant when the coronavirus pandemic struck Australia.

Greenland Group, which manages real estate developments around the world with the support of the Chinese government, told employees at its Sydney office to finish their normal jobs in January.

Instead, they were tasked with purchasing face masks, hand sanitizers, thermometers, and other medical items, storing them at their offices, and shipping them to China.

A whistleblower told us The Sydney Morning Herald the exercise was a worldwide effort and lasted until the end of February.

“In fact, all workers, the majority of whom are Chinese, were asked to buy all the medical supplies they could,” the insider said.

“There were numerous requests from the HR manager and even from our direct reporting line [which] preferred to assist the company in collecting these supplies over other work. ‘

Greenland Group told the Chinese language media in Australia that during the global effort, the company collected three million protective masks, 700,000 hazmat suits and 500,000 pairs of medical gloves.

It is unclear how many of these were purchased in Australia.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 5,688

New South Wales: 2580

Victoria: 1135

Queensland: 907

Western Australia: 453

South Australia: 409

Australian Capital Territory: 96

Tasmania: 82

Northern Territory: 26

TOTAL CASES: 5,688

DEATH: 35

Greenland Group confirmed the shipments from Sydney to China in a statement to Daily Mail Australia, saying it felt “forced” to help “reduce the spread of the virus, which was short of essential medical supplies in China causes ‘.

The supplies were “sent to China, which was the epicenter of the outbreak at the time,” the statement said.

As such, Greenland Group has initiated a drive for medical supplies and provided housing services to primary care personnel in China through the company’s hotel group.

Greenland Australia supported the Greenland Group’s initiative by ensuring that medical supplies are shipped to China. Again, it should be noted that this proactive response occurred in late January and early February, at a time when the global spread of the virus and all response efforts were focused on China. ‘

Photos show pallet loads of medical supplies stored in company stamped boxes in Greenland’s Sydney offices and several airports.

Sherwood Lou, the director of Greenland Australia, shared photos of the supplies on February 13.

He wrote at the time: ‘The second batch of contactless forehead thermometers will be leaving for China soon! The situation of the coronavirus is serious, Chinese, both local and foreign, are doing their best and fighting together to fight the virus. ‘

Greenland Group told Chinese language media in Australia that during the global effort, the company collected three million protective masks, 700,000 hazmat suits and 500,000 pairs of medical gloves

Greenland Group told Chinese language media in Australia that during the global effort, the company collected three million protective masks, 700,000 hazmat suits and 500,000 pairs of medical gloves

Greenland Group told Chinese language media in Australia that during the global effort, the company collected three million protective masks, 700,000 hazmat suits and 500,000 pairs of medical gloves

The company has sold $ 1 billion in real estate in Sydney and Melbourne since its arrival in Australia in 2013.

Meanwhile, the federal government is struggling to produce enough medical supplies as the number of confirmed local coronavirus cases rises to more than 2,400 – doubling approximately every three days.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said a “war production unit” had gathered over the weekend to prepare Australia.

The federal government is doing everything possible to produce enough medical supplies as the number of local coronavirus cases has risen to more than 2,400. Pictured: Two young women in face masks walk past Circular Quay in Sydney on Wednesday

The federal government is doing everything possible to produce enough medical supplies as the number of local coronavirus cases has risen to more than 2,400. Pictured: Two young women in face masks walk past Circular Quay in Sydney on Wednesday

The federal government is doing everything possible to produce enough medical supplies as the number of local coronavirus cases has risen to more than 2,400. Pictured: Two young women in face masks walk past Circular Quay in Sydney on Wednesday

“We have four companies who have indicated that they are willing to make fans and will seek approval given at a light speed,” he told Nine News on Monday.

“At the same time, we are working on imports and tenders, during the weekend large quantities of masks were received, extra volumes of test kits.”

Australia operates only one facial mask factory, The Med-Con in Shepparton, a regional area in northern Victoria.

It faces an unprecedented demand to make face masks and hospital gowns during the crisis.

Health Minister Greg Hunt visited a national medical supplies warehouse on January 24 and said Australia had 20 million disposable face masks. The WHO announced on February 7 a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment

Health Minister Greg Hunt visited a national medical supplies warehouse on January 24 and said Australia had 20 million disposable face masks. The WHO announced on February 7 a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment

Health Minister Greg Hunt visited a national medical supplies warehouse on January 24 and said Australia had 20 million disposable face masks. The WHO announced on February 7 a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment

Pictured: Australia-based Chinese real estate company Risland shipped 90 tons of essential medical supplies to Wuhan

Pictured: Australian-based Chinese real estate company Risland shipped 90 tons of essential medical supplies to Wuhan

Pictured: Australia-based Chinese real estate company Risland shipped 90 tons of essential medical supplies to Wuhan

Risland posted an online post last month declaring their support for Wuhan and showing workers in a warehouse full of thousands of boxes of protective gear (photo)

Risland posted an online post last month declaring their support for Wuhan and showing workers in a warehouse full of thousands of boxes of protective gear (photo)

Risland posted an online post last month declaring their support for Wuhan and showing workers in a warehouse full of thousands of boxes of protective gear (photo)

Sydney anesthesiologist Robert Hackett risked his job to speak out about the shortage of protective equipment now facing medical personnel in major Australian hospitals.

While 60-minute reporter Liz Hayes demonstrated how all wall-mounted dispensers do not contain hand sanitizer, Dr. Hackett how the staff had to reuse the single-use masks while others had no masks at all.

“The equipment we have is sometimes little more than a thin plastic dress … we are desperate to get these things on the front line as soon as possible,” he said.

“Many of my colleagues have bought hooded jackets and other gear from Bunnings and have even begged other people to go to Bunnings to buy this gear – I mean we’re desperate, none of us have ever signed up for this.”

Home Secretary Peter Dutton said on Wednesday April 1 that the government had banned the export of essential medical supplies such as masks, gloves, jackets, goggles, visors or alcohol wipes, as well as hand disinfection.

Anyone caught exporting the goods can be sentenced to five years’ imprisonment under the new amendment to the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 Act called ‘COVID-19 Human Biosecurity Emergency’.

DECLARATION BY GREENLAND AUSTRALIA

Greenland Australia can confirm that the company organized shipments of medical supplies to Greenland Group’s global headquarters in Shanghai in late January and early February 2020 to help combat the rapidly developing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China.

China was the epicenter of the outbreak at the time, and Greenland Australia’s efforts matched that of many other companies and individuals around the world who organized similar donations.

Greenland Australia’s parent company, Greenland Group, as a major international company, felt compelled to assist in efforts to combat the spread of the virus, which caused a shortage of critical medical supplies in China.

As such, Greenland Group initiated a push for medical supplies and provided housing services for primary care personnel in China through the company’s hotel group.

Greenland Australia supported the Greenland Group initiative by ensuring that medical supplies are shipped to China.

Again, it should be noted that this proactive response took place in late January and early February, at a time when the global spread of the virus and all response efforts were focused on China.

However, Greenland Australia also recognizes that Australian people are currently at risk, and with the more recent and continued domestic spread of COVID-19, the company is focusing on helping people in this country, as do Australia’s many friends around the world to do.

Greenland Australia continues to take this pandemic very seriously and we will continue to do everything we can to help in partnership with the Greenland Group.

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