Ellie Bufkin Mar 13, 2020
The United States could be at the mercy of
Communist China when it comes to receiving drugs and raw materials
needed to fight the Wuhan Virus, according to the state media of
Xinhua, the state-run media agency, reported
that the United States' reliance on China for pharmaceutical exports
gave the communist nation the ability to send the U.S. "into the mighty
sea" of the Wuhan virus. In the same article, China was lauded for its
own handling of the novel virus.
Chinese health officials have
claimed that while more than 80,000 people had been infected by the
virus which originated in Wuhan, more than 60,000 have recovered. They
reported that just over 3,100 people died because of infection, mostly
people of advanced age or with underlying conditions.
Rubio (R-FL) confirmed that the United States was too reliant on
products made in China to produce drugs that could help fight the
burgeoning pandemic within the U.S. Speaking to Fox News, Rubio said of
China's threat, "It's a tremendous amount of leverage." The senator
indicated that should they make good on their promise to withhold
exports, the consequences could be devastating for the U.S.
the United States is a leader in research of medical treatments for
novel illnesses, materials and manufacturing needed for new medications
can only be sourced from China at the moment. Currently, China produces
between 80-90% of antibiotics used in the U.S.
Further, Rubio said
that the United States being in a position of need made it challenging
to use a firm hand with the communist nation as they normally would in
trade and export disputes. "They can threaten to cut us off from our
pharmaceutical supplies, they could trigger a domestic problem here that
would make it difficult for us to confront them."........
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