Premier Doug Ford (C) answers a question as Christine Elliott, (R) Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board (L) listen. A team of provincial ministers were available for a media conference Thursday morning at the Chateau Laurier. Photo by Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia
With a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors, nurses and support workers, countries around the world have put export controls on them, and that includes Canada.
So while Canada is having trouble accessing key items from other countries, we are also part of the global problem.
Every country is scrambling to get as many masks, gloves, visors and other pieces of equipment as they can.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has been leading an effort to get the province’s manufacturers to retool to make key pieces of equipment during the crisis. Speaking Thursday, Ford said that it’s time Ontario and Canada were self-sufficient in providing this gear.
“We’re going to start manufacturing them. We’re going to encourage hospitals to support these manufacturers. We can never, ever be put in this position again that we’re relying on countries around the world to support us with PPEs,” Ford said.