With most pharmaceuticals and vitamins either made in China or made from ingredients obtained from China, the threat of a major supply disruption is perhaps more real than ever, especially as new cases of Wuhan coronavirus begin to increase exponentially outside of China's borders.
"This is a wake-up call for an issue that has been latent for many years but is critical to U.S. economic and national security," Navarro told the media, warning that drugs, vitamins and other dietary supplements, and medical equipment sold here in America often come directly from Chinese sources.
"If we have learned anything from the coronavirus and swine flu H1N1 epidemic of 2009, it is that we cannot necessarily depend on other countries, even close allies, to supply us with needed items, from face masks to vaccines," he added.
Many Chinese pharmaceutical suppliers have shut down their factories indefinitely due to coronavirus
Some will probably ask, but wouldn't there already be supply disruptions from coronavirus if this was really an issue? And the answer is no, the reason being that by the time the virus really started to become a problem, China was already in the throes of its multi-week Lunar Near Year celebrations.
These celebrations only just days ago came to a close, and many factories there that had planned to reopen as they normally would have done are having to stay closed indefinitely, including drug manufacturers that supply pharmaceuticals to the U.S. and other markets.
China itself is already feeling the heat from a decreased availability of medical supplies. And once this trickles down to the U.S. and other countries, we, too, will more than likely start to see empty store shelves.
"China is the world's largest producer of ingredients used to make drugs," reports The Epoch Times. "The United States is heavily dependent on either drugs that are sourced from China, or drugs made from ingredients manufactured in China."
Navarro's solution is to figure out ways to "get our pharmaceutical production back onshore and cheap." Another solution is to end all prohibition on natural medicines that Americans can grow themselves, which would cut communist China completely out of the picture while boosting our own economy as well as public health.
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