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The DA has launched an online service to link local manufacturers of masks, gowns, gloves and ventilators with national and provincial governments as the country battles to ensure that health-care facilities and workers have access to the crucial life-saving equipment.

The unprecedented nature of the coronavirus outbreak has led to a global spike in the need for medical protective equipment and ventilators, which some Covid-19 patients require to remain alive. Various countries, such as the US, Germany and India, have moved to place an export ban on medical protective clothing to curb shortages.  ..

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