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19 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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China to waive tariffs on US medical imports

AFP, Beijing

China will waive trade-war tariffs on imports of selected US medical equipment from March 2, the government said yesterday, as the country battles to contain the new coronavirus epidemic.

The move comes as doctors and nurses treating virus patients in China’s overstretched hospitals struggle to deal with the health crisis amid a shortage of basic medical items.

More than 72,000 people have been infected by the outbreak of the new COVID-19 strain in China, which has claimed the lives of over 1,800 people.

Patient monitors, blood transfusion equipment and instruments to measure blood pressure are among the products that qualify for the exemptions, according to a list released by the Tariff Commission of the State Council.

They are among 696 US products that now qualify for waivers, including key agricultural and energy items such as frozen pork and beef, soybeans and liquified natural gas.

 

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