US ventilator, PPE imports drop as coronavirus cases climb

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Source: Supply Chain Dive

US ventilator, PPE imports drop as coronavirus cases climb

The drop in imported supplies comes as coronavirus cases across the U.S. rise. 

"The reverse in sourcing may reflect the resurgence of cases elsewhere in the world and prioritization of supplies to those markets," Rogers said. "That would be consistent with the pattern seen in the early stages of the pandemic," when China restricted certain PPE exports to reserve supply for its population during an initial spike in cases. 

U.S. medical staff have raised concerns about potential supply shortages. The U.S. is dependent on China and India for pharmaceuticals, with an estimated 80% of active pharmaceutical ingredients produced abroad. 

Supply chain experts anticipate critical supply chains related to healthcare products and PPE will prioritize resilience over cost and begin to reshore suppliers and operations.

"A more positive reading could be a build up of manufacturing capacity within the U.S., reducing the need for sourcing from overseas," he said.

The Trump administration has at times invoked the Defense Production Act or granted funding to companies, recently Kodak and Fujifilm, to produce PPE, experimental vaccines and other key products, to discourage U.S. dependence on Chinese manufacturing.

However, even with these policies in place, they are "designed to help boost manufacturing on a scale of quarters to years, not weeks to months, so even if passed may not bring significant new supplies this year," Rogers said.

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