In January my brother Joe in Hong Kong called to tell us the stores were out of surgical masks as fear of coronavirus spread in China and Hong Kong.
We sent Joe and his family a box of surgical masks, hand sanitizers, protective gloves and Zicam.
But today the surgical masks are out in most stores in America.
This is a serious issue now facing Americans and Democrats will absolutely use it to vilify President Trump.
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As the deadly coronavirus suddenly spreads, paralyzing cities in China and infecting thousands in more than a dozen other countries, medical face masks are suddenly one of the world’s hottest commodities.
As The Gateway Pundit reported earlier — Last month, China, Taiwan and India banned the export of face masks to reserve them for desperate residents. India removed the ban earlier this month. Thailand limited exports of surgical masks earlier this month. As a result, pharmacies in the U.S. are reporting supply shortages. According to a new survey conducted by the National Community Pharmacists Association, nearly 96 percent of U.S. pharmacists said the coronavirus has led to shortages and nearly 40 percent don’t have enough N95 respirators as retailers wait to restock shelves.
On Sunday Peter Navarro told Maria Bartiromo that China put export restrictions on N95 face masks and then nationalized an American factory that produces the masks.
Again– There are NO surgical masks left in the stores in America.
If President Trump does not take action this will cost him dearly.
President Trump may use sweeping powers to ramp up production of coronavirus protective gear.
President Donald Trump’s administration is considering invoking special powers through a law called the Defense Production Act to rapidly expand domestic manufacturing of protective masks and clothing to combat the coronavirus in the United States, two U.S. officials told Reuters.
The use of the law, passed by Congress in 1950 at the outset of the Korean War, would mark an escalation of the administration’s response to the outbreak. The virus first surfaced in China and has since spread to other countries including the United States.
U.S. health officials have told Americans to begin preparing for the spread of the virus in the United States.