The government of Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley was shocked when the Trump administration seized over 150 ventilators ordered and pre-purchased by Barbados from five different foreign sources. Although Barbados Health and Wellness Minister Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic said there are no shortage of ventilators in the country to deal with its current level of Covid-19 cases, the seizure by the U.S. has resulted in icy relations between Barbados and the United States.

Bostic claimed that some ventilators donated to Barbados by Bajan native Rihanna, the international pop music star, were not among those confiscated by the U.S. government. Mottley had authorized what was described as an “open cheque” to purchase critical medical supplies from abroad.

The United States has also reportedly seized medical equipment and supplies destined for Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela because of draconian sanctions placed on the three nations by the Trump administration. Kushner’s team has also blocked 3M Corp. from sending PPE shipments to Canada, even though the firm relies on a pulp supplier in British Columbia to produce masks.

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