The Israeli Defense Ministry bought ventilators and other medical equipment to help build up inventory to fight the coronavirus, but only 10% of the roughly 15,000 ordered ventilators arrived and many were found to be of poor quality. 

According to a number of hospital officials, some attempts have been made to resell them to developing countries. Also, much of the personal protective equipment that was bought for around 750 million shekels has been found to be substandard.

Most of the state’s purchases of equipment and materials for the coronavirus pandemic have been made by defense officials in a race to build up inventories, mainly for the country’s hospitals.

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