Republican Senators Sound the Alarm: We Must End Our Medical Dependence on China

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Posted: Mar 11, 2020 1:30 PM
Republican Senators Sound the Alarm: We Must End Our Medical Dependence on China

Source: (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

As Wuhan virus continues to spread around the world and in the United States, Americans are waking up to a grim reality: China controls our pharmaceutical supply chain. 

Many Republicans and President Trump have been concerned about this issue for years and now, they're sounding the alarm for change. 

As mentioned by Senator Rubio, President Trump plans to sign an executive order in the coming days to jumpstart the process of reclaiming American pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Earlier this week the Chinese Communist Party threatened to withhold pharmaceutical products and ingredients from the United States. In other words, they threatened to kill Americans. 

In an article in Xinhua, one of the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpieces, Beijing threatened that it can impose pharmaceutical export controls after which America will be “plunged into the mighty sea of coronavirus.”

Unfortunately, Beijing isn’t bluffing about this capability.

As Rosemary Gibson, co-author of “China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine,” testified to a congressional commission last summer, China has a dominant role in the manufacture of the generic drugs that comprise 90 percent of what Americans take.

The critical vulnerability isn’t just in finished drugs, but what are called active pharmaceutical ingredients, some 80 percent of which America now imports. Most of these come from Red China.