BERLIN—Germany has struck a deal with China to acquire significant-scale shipments of supplies the place requirements in its struggle in opposition to the new coronavirus pandemic amid a international crunch in the current market for health care gear.

In a phone contact last weekend, Chancellor Angela Merkel manufactured the arrangement with Chinese President Xi Jinping, officials explained Wednesday, paving the way for her government to purchase what Germany officials say are superior-high-quality gear from Chinese condition-managed makers and other businesses with ties to Beijing….