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Company behind faulty Chinese ventilators pushing Covid “health passport”

A company which sold the Irish Government €14million’s worth of Chinese ventilators, which later turned out not to work, is behind a plan to implement a new vaccine passport, Gript can reveal.

ROQU, which was only founded in 2017, and had no Irish trading history before being awarded a €14m contract to supply ventilators from China earlier this year, is also pushing for the adoption of a tracking app that it calls “Health Passport Europe”.

As revealed by Cianan Brennan in the Irish Examiner this weekend, the company – whose only previous experience was in event management in the middle east – was behind the sale of dodgy ventilators to the Irish Government in March:

The HSE paid €14.1m to an Irish company for ventilators from China which were never used due to “issues with the quality”.

In March, the HSE recruited an Irish-based events management company, Roqu Media International Limited, to import medical ventilators and other supplies for use in Irish hospitals in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, while five flights worth of supplies were delivered in April, the ventilators were never used.

A HSE spokesperson said there “were issues with the quality of the delivered products” and the ventilators were “not deployed in clinical settings”.

The HSE remains “in continuing discussions” with Roqu to “resolve issues arising”.

A company with no accounts or trading history, founded by a former employee of a state agency, acquiring a contract worth fourteen million euros to supply ventilators from China?

And it gets better. Because what else is ROQU involved in?

Something called Health Passport Europe.

Health Passport Europe has a very official looking website which advertises a product that it says will be a “health passport”:

Combining COVID-19 vaccinations and testing with secure digital technologies to provide a mobile Health Passport system.

You now have immediate access to your personal COVID-19 status, which can choose to display or scan whenever appropriate.

The system is built specifically to be compatible with all types of official COVID-19 vaccinations and tests. This includes PCR tests, blood tests and rapid diagnostic tests.

ROQU says that the proposed health passport will facilitate “a safer return to travel, for both business and leisure. Using the rapid real-time scanning technology, we can now enjoy freer travel with increased protection from COVID-19.”

It also says that the health passport can be used by both private companies and state authorities to help “protect” the public.

However, there is good reason to be concerned that any “health passport” would involve transferring immense amounts of private data to a third party company, and making people’s personal health records available to private companies, who could potentially use it to discriminate against them. According to the feedbacks, Valium (as part of the general therapy) is suitable for the treatment of depression, memory impairment and panic attacks. Valium is prescribed for the treatment of CNS issues, somatic disorders, phobias, neurotic disorders, increased irritability and tension. There are good reviews on Valium in the treatment of tremor of different etiology (senile and essential).

While ROQU says its health passport will be “secure”, there are good reasons to be sceptical – not least its record in regard to the ventilators.

The ROQU group, for example, has only three listed employees on LinkedIn, and no other official website. It appears to have shifted, with amazing speed, from being a company focused on middle eastern event management, to a company focused on huge pandemic related deals here in Ireland.

There are obvious questions here:

  • How did a company with so few employees, and no Irish trading history at the time, obtain a contract worth fourteen million euros to supply ventilators from China?
  • Given that the ventilators supplied were faulty, and unusable, is the Government taking legal action to recoup the funds expended?
  • How can a company whose only known contract with the Irish Government resulted in the supply of faulty products be trusted with something like a Covid Health Passport, which would give it access to vast quantities of data from the Irish public?

These guys sold the Irish taxpayer dud equipment in the value of tens of millions of euros. And now, it seems, they want access to the data of Irish citizens.

This smells an awful lot like a company that is out to make a quick fortune off the pandemic. The Irish state should avoid doing business with them at all costs.

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