White House reportedly considering executive order to reduce dependence on Chinese medical supplies

by Daniel Payne · Mar 13th, 2020 2:54 pm

The White House is allegedly considering executive measures to reduce American dependance on Chinese medical supplies, a potential strategic response to the international disruption caused by the China-borne Wuhan coronavirus.

Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro told The New York Times on Wednesday that the White House considers the issue one of "national defense."

Navarro said on Wednesday that it could be just a matter of "weeks" before the executive order is put into place.

Also on Wednesday, experts warned a Senate panel of the similar issue of relying on China for medications, with one witness claiming that "90 percent of the chemicals" used in generic American drugs are sourced from that country.


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