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Why Are Africans Worried About the Quality of Chinese-made COVID-19 Medical Supplies? And What to Do About It

The first lady of the Republic of Congo, Antoinette Sassou-N'guesso receives a donation of COVID-19 PPE at the Chinese embassy in Brazzaville on July 1, 2020. Photo via @chinaembcongobz.

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a wave of donations and exports of Chinese-made medical products around the world, including in Africa. And while in many cases these much-needed supplies were met with gratitude, in both social and traditional media in Africa, concerns were raised about the quality of the Chinese products.

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