As a result, the French were one of the most affected by the coronavirus of European nations.
On the eve of the coronavirus pandemic, France burned about a billion medical masks and about 714 million high-performance masks such as FFP2, because the authorities believed that they would not be needed, Times writes on May 27. As a result, the French had only 117 million masks left.
In the country, stocks of a billion medical masks and more than 700 million masks of the FFP2 type were formed to fight swine flu and SARS.
However, after the publication of studies that these diseases are not as dangerous as previously thought, the authorities decided to destroy the reserves.
France has become one of the most affected by the coronavirus of European countries. More than 186 thousand cases were recorded there, almost 29 thousand people died.
Earlier it was reported that the Belgian Ministry of Health before the pandemic destroyed millions of protective masks from the strategic reserve, as they had exceeded the shelf life.