The Red Cross Society of China said it had received 849 million yuan ($121 million) in cash donations as well as supplies as of January 31.
Chinese news outlet Caixin reported on Saturday that Red Cross warehouses in Wuhan were full of donated supplies, including medical masks, but local hospitals still had to wait for hours to receive small amounts of equipment.
Secretary-general Jagan Chapagain told AFP on Monday that he supported the “deliberate” decision by Red Cross officials to withhold a number of the donated masks in Wuhan because they were not safe for use by health professionals working on the frontline.
“Clearly the Wuhan Red Cross hasn’t dealt with this type of situation recently, (and) they had to massively scale up in a short period of time, so to have some shortcomings is not totally unnatural,” he added.
The organization said on Sunday it was sending personnel from its headquarters to Wuhan in order to “ensure that the use of donated funds and materials is standardized, efficient, open and transparent”.
On Tuesday China’s National Health Commission admitted it was still facing “supply and demand conflicts” regarding protective gear, namely masks and suits, in Hubei.