Americans are at risk of dying if the supply chain of medical supplies, including the majority of its antibiotics from China, is interrupted, and the White House has confirmed it is working on an executive order to end the United States’ reliance on the Asian nation for foreign-made medical supplies; plus the latest on how the Trump administration is handling the coronavirus outbreak and more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Trump to end US dependence on China for medical supplies
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, America is facing a dire problem: Most of the United States’ medical supplies, including prescription medicines, are manufactured in China.
The problem can be blamed on previous administrations which gradually allowed the manufacturing of these critical items to move offshore, mainly to China.
But the coronavirus outbreak has served as a wake-up call to the United States, and the Trump administration is taking action to reverse poor judgment by previous lawmakers, which has left America at the mercy of foreign manufacturers for supplying the nation with life or death items.
The Trump administration is currently working on creating an executive order that aims at ending the US government’s reliance on foreign-made medical supplies, according to White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro, who confirmed the in-progress legislation on Wednesday.
The effort is being led by Republicans in the Senate, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked Trump to support the legislative body’s “efforts to invest in diversifying our supply chain, especially in pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.”
Most US medical supplies and pharmaceuticals made in China, puts Americans at risk of death
Currently, the majority of the federal government’s medical equipment is manufactured in China.
Worse, 90% of all of America’s supply of antibiotics are manufactured in China. An interruption of this supply chain could lead to the deaths of untold numbers of Americans.
“Buy American” order will end US dependence on China for medical supplies
The proposed executive order, nicknamed “Buy American”, would prevent federal agencies from purchasing medical supplies from China, including face masks, gloves, and ventilators.
China has prevented the export of surgical facemask, which is severely limiting US supplies, as well as those of other countries around the world.
Supreme Court allows Trump “remain in Mexico” policy to continue
After the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had said a week earlier that it would block the policy in Arizona and California, it has been overruled by the US Supreme Court, which will allow the Trump administration to continue to enforce the “remain in Mexico” asylum policy temporarily while a lawsuit challenging it will continue to play out.
Trump bans travel from Europe to US
President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will ban travel from 26 European countries to reduce the potential of spreading the coronavirus to American citizens.
The new travel ban will go into effect on Friday at midnight EDT.
Specifically, the ban applies to travelers from countries that are members of the Schengen border-free travel area.
European travel exemptions
The US travel ban will not apply to European travelers who are citizens of the UK, Ireland, and other non-Schengen countries.
US citizens are also exempt and will be able to return home if they are overseas.
European Union condemns Trump’s travel ban
The European Union (EU) is condemning the 30-day ban on travel coming into the US from Europe, a measure taken by President Trump to combat coronavirus. The EU says the rules were enacted “unilaterally and without consultation.”
“The European Union disapproves of the fact that the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation,” said European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a joint statement.
“The coronavirus is a global crisis, not limited to any continent and it requires cooperation rather than unilateral action,” the European Union leaders added.