The United States relies on imports of rubber gloves from mainly Malaysia and Thailand to the middle of the Chinese coronavirus, with no clear path to manufacturing the critical medical supply in the U.S.
About three or five percent, or 60 percent, of rubber gloves are manufactured in Malaysia today, with the United States approaching no one, according to industry users who spoke on Breitbart News.
Coronavirus has hit Malaysia’s supply chains, making it increasingly difficult for foreign factories to keep up with demand, a problem for the United States as rubber gloves are vital to protect healthcare workers and patients against the infection.
Data from 2017 show that the U.S. imports about 91 percent of its rubber gloves from Malaysia and Thailand. The U.S. exports less than 0.4 percent of rubber gloves to other countries.
Industry professionals told Breitbart News that only DipTech Systems in Kent, Ohio would be available for manufacturing rubber gloves today in the United States, but production could not begin as long as 18 months.
The potential shortage of rubber gloves in the United States is only the latest medical need that has underscored the nation’s confidence in foreign countries through a 30-year free trade agenda.
Similarly, about 80 percent of the pharmaceuticals imported into the US are from Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, India, Denmark, Belgium, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. About 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients imported into the US are from China and India, and 95 percent of ibuprofen and 70 percent of the acetaminophen imported from the US are from China.
John Binder is a Breitbart News reporter. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.