In the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, Germany is stopping the export of medical protective equipment, including breathing masks, gloves and protective suits, to other countries. By order of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, exceptions will only be possible under strict conditions, including in the context of international relief operations. After deliberations by the government’s crisis management team in Berlin on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health will procure such equipment centrally for medical practices, hospitals and federal authorities.
Previous imports had not been sufficient to cover the demand. In the respective countries that produce medical protective clothing, there are more and more production losses or export bans for protective clothing are also in effect.