Make American Medical Goods Again!
The White House has confirmed that the president will sign an executive order ending medical supply reliance on China amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The “Buy American” execuctive order will insist on American-made medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.
This move will begin to end our country’s reliance on foreign made medical supplies.
Specifically, the executive order would prevent any federal agency from purchasing medical supplies that are made in China.
This includes supplies like face masks, gloves, ventilators, and any pharmaceutical drugs.
More details below:
This isn't the first time that Trump has moved to end our reliance on foreign supplies.
For example, thanks to President Trump, our country is now self-reliant on oil and is a net-positive exporter of energy.
Could medical supplies and pharmaceuticals be next?
It's certainly shaping up to be that way!
US News has more details on the upcoming executive order:
President Donald Trump is expected to announce an executive order insisting on American-made medical supplies and pharmaceuticals in response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a person familiar with the plan, as the White House begins to come to grips with the severity of the situation.
Word about the planned announcement, from a person who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity, comes amid tumult Wednesday in the unfolding crisis. Confirmed cases in the United States are topping 1,000, fluctuations in the financial markets are continuing and Washington is straining to respond.
The White House is also considering a host of more aggressive responses to free up additional federal dollars and to address concerns that the administration's initial response to the pandemic was insufficient.
In one order Trump issued Wednesday, he authorized Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to take whatever steps are necessary to allow doctors and nurses to use masks made for industrial use while those made specifically for health care are in short supply. Companies have been seeking legal cover for that.
“Those industrials will work for medical,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “We can just do that for an 18-month period and there'd be millions more available."
China is a key supplier of active ingredients in drugs. These incredients are used to make drugs that treat conditions like heart disease, headaches, and the common cold.
The executive order immediately addresses concerns that the U.S. is too dependent on medicines made overseas, where materials are cheaper.
More details on Trump's plan to combat the coronavirus below:
Many are acknowledging that reliance on China for the medical supply chain is not only a medical issue, but only an issue of national defense.
The White House has been working aggressively to address multiple aspects of the coronavirus.
The executive order is both a medical and financial issue.
Fox News has more on how the president's actions are shaping to protect American citizens:
Showing strong and effective leadership when we need it most, President Trump addressed the nation Wednesday night and unveiled a two-pronged program of health and economic actions to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The president’s action plan should win bipartisan support to respond to the most serious health and humanitarian crisis our nation has faced in my nearly seven decades.
“We are all in this together,” the president correctly said. “We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship.” He called on America to fight the pandemic “together as one nation and one family.”
We can only hope that those on both sides of the political aisle will heed his call to respond as one nation and one people, as our leaders have done so often in our past when facing a crisis.
While the coronavirus pandemic is a medical crisis, President Trump pointed out that it “is not a financial crisis.”
That’s a crucial point we should all remember. This pandemic is unlike the savings and loan crisis of the late 1970s, the tech bubble in the late 1990s, or the real estate bubble of 2007. Our nation’s economic fundamentals are strong.
There is no underlying economic fault that must be corrected before our economy can recover. As the president noted, “our banks and financial institutions are fully capitalized and incredibly strong.”
Unemployment is consistently at 50-year lows and we have 1 million more job openings than people unemployed. The Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow forecasting model is projecting 3.1 percent gross domestic product growth for the first quarter of this year, with only three weeks left in the quarter.
When the coronavirus pandemic subsides – and it will – our economy and the financial markets will come roaring back.
The coronavirus doesn't descriminate based on party, religion, sex, or age.
President Trump is showing his leadership once again to take every action necessary to protect the American people.
By ending the medical supply chain reliance on China, our country will be healthier in the long-run!