A Crisis Unmasked Germany Is Failing in its Efforts To Obtain Protective Gear

The German government failed to obtain enough protective masks for the country. That's one of the reasons Germany has so far refused to require its citizen's to wear them in public. But those facial coverings could be critical in lifting restrictions on public life.
Swept clean: Critics say German Health Minister Jens Spahn (right) moved too slowly with his effort to procure protective masks.

Swept clean: Critics say German Health Minister Jens Spahn (right) moved too slowly with his effort to procure protective masks.

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A woman wears a mask while shopping in Berlin: Wearing a mask "makes absolute sense," argues Halle-based virologist Alexander Kekulé.

A woman wears a mask while shopping in Berlin: Wearing a mask "makes absolute sense," argues Halle-based virologist Alexander Kekulé.

Foto: Paul Langrock / Der Spiegel
Workers unload boxes of protective masks from a Lufthansa plane that delivered the supplies from Shanghai to Frankfurt.

Workers unload boxes of protective masks from a Lufthansa plane that delivered the supplies from Shanghai to Frankfurt.

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