The approximately six million FFP2 mouth masks were purchased in response to the H1N1 flu epidemic in 2009. As the masks reached their expiration date, it was decided last year to destroy them.
For savings reasons, Minister Maggie De Block decided not to renew the stock, writes Le Vif. The weekly bases its information on a copy of the official report of the meeting of the Belgian Risk Management Group on 6 February.
Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, almost all countries are feverishly looking for protective masks. The type FFP2 is exactly the mask that RIVM also advises doctors.