The number of medical textile goods that have been shipped to the United States by Chinese companies rose last week to more than $2.7 billion, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Commerce Department.
Those goods, mostly from China, have been used by hospitals, medical equipment makers, and others to treat patients infected with Ebola.
The latest shipments, which were released Friday, added to a $2 billion shipment of medical supplies delivered last week.
But the new shipments were largely from China and not from any other country.
“These supplies are not necessarily available for U.K. consumers, and they are certainly not available for people in other countries, such as China,” said Jeffrey Lautenschlager, an economist with the Boston Consulting Group.
“We have a shortage of supplies that are available.”
Lautanschlagers report was based on the Commerce Department’s latest data, which showed that China sent $1.2 billion in medical supplies in March.
China is the largest recipient of medical clothing and other medical supplies, including intravenous medications, intravenous catheters, and blood pressure monitors.
China sent more than 2.3 million tons of medical clothes, bedding, and other items last year, according the Commerce Dept.
Last week, the Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, said that the United Kingdom had received more than 3 million tons and the European Union more than 1.6 million tons.
China’s imports from the United Nations and other countries were up 6 percent from a year earlier, the latest data showed.
That’s the second straight month that China has shipped medical supplies to the U, and the first since the United Arab Emirates and Senegal were hit by the virus.
The World Health Organization has estimated that at least 3.5 million people have died from the disease in West Africa, which has killed more than 11,000 people.