German parliament discusses row over substandard face masks

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A row between the parties that make up Germany’s governing coalition about the use of substandard face masks continues to rumble on. Lawmakers have been discussing accusations made against Health Minister Jens Spahn, who is from Angela Merkel’s party, the Christian Democrats (CDU). It’s claimed that the Health Ministry earmarked masks, which were ordered in China and which were not tested according to high standards, for people with disabilities or for the homeless. The plan was abandoned after the Labour Ministry – which is headed by the Social Democrats (SPD), also in the coalition – interve…

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