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Trump Could Sign Executive Order Requiring American Medical Supplies. Experts say This Could be a “Devastating” Mistake

There are now over 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, occurring in nearly all 50 states. With many more cases expected, it is of utmost importance that Doctors have necessary medical supplies.

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Donald Trump wants all those medical supplies to come from the same place. According to recent reports, the President is planning on signing an executive order requiring that the materials and pharmaceuticals come from America. Some experts are saying that could be a devastating mistake.

Trump reportedly got the idea from Marco Rubio. The Florida senator said the order would be, “a very strong first step toward increasing domestic production by enforcing Buy American requirements for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, as well as fast-tracking approval” by the Food and Drug Administration of “critical products impacted by the coronavirus outbreak’s strain on the supply chain.”

Dr. Rishi Desai, a former epidemic intelligence service officer in the CDC, disagrees. Dr. Desai told Hill Reporter, “As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to worsen in the US, we desperately need to ramp up the speed at which medical supplies, testing kits, and medications reach the front lines. Anything that we do to limit that – including cutting imports of these vital goods – cripples our ability to respond effectively.”

The epidemic expert continued:

“The US manufacturing sector, like all segments of society, are struggling to keep up with the roiling economy, manage panic among workers, and navigate the day-to-day logistics of operating through a health crisis. On top of all of that, if we expect US manufacturers to suddenly make up for the loss of imports as well as scale up production – we’re in for a rude awakening. We’re in a time of crisis, and we need supplies fast. If those supplies don’t arrive, costs will rise, and panic will worsen, and all of that allows COVID-19 to further spiral out of control.”

Dr. Desai now works as the chief medical officer of medical education platform Osmosis.

 

 



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