Medtechs Concerned By Export Ban As Germany Makes Coronavirus Pandemic Move
German health minister Jens Spahn has taken decisive steps in the face of the rising COVID-19 threat, but the medtech industry is critical of the government’s decision to unilaterally ban exports of certain health care products and protective equipment.
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The rapidly escalating COVID-19 crisis in Europe – now the global 'epicenter' of coronavirus infections ̶ has forced the European Commission to put in place export controls on personal protective equipment.
Another three in vitro diagnostics companies in Germany are working on tests for the early detection of COVID-19, with confirmed infections reaching 89,000 globally by 2 March.