The World Health Organisation (WHO) warns of a global shortage and price gouging for protective equipment to fight the fast-spreading coronavirus as China approves use of Roche arthritis drug for patients.
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Doctors, nurses and paramedics across the United States are growing increasingly desperate for more face masks, hospital gowns, ventilators and other medical equipment.
Companies in the United States are overhauling factory lines to speed up the supply of these lifesaving items.
Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.
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