Several major Australian news outlets reported ‘whistleblower’ evidence that Chinese-owned companies were exporting medical supplies to China in February, when China was in a full-blown pandemic and Australia has not yet experienced the same. However, this was only reported at the end of March, when Australia was in the middle of a pandemic. This gave the impression that Chinese companies and individuals were illictly exporting equipment to China, while Australia was facing shortages. There was also debunked reports that Chinese-looking groups were buying up supplies at regional supermarkets.

Further reading:
  1. A turning point, or a storm in a wine glass?
  2. The virus of fear and anxiety: China, COVID-19, and the Australian media
  3. Former Chinese military man behind export of tonnes of medical supplies