Relying on China for crucial supply chains is something President Trump is sounding the alarm about and working to fix.
In the aftermath of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the Obama administration failed to refill crucial medical supplies and personal protective equipment after depleting the Strategic National Stockpile.
President Trump doesn't plan on doing the same and will announce Thursday his administration will work to ensure the United States is prepared for the next public health crisis. In March, he previewed the plans at the White House.
“Our goal for the future must be to have American medicine for American patients, American supplies for American hospitals, and American equipment for our great American heroes. Now, both parties must unite to ensure the United States is truly an independent nation in every sense of the word," President Trump said.
“We should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival. I think we’ve learned a lot. This crisis has underscored just how critical it is to have strong borders and a robust manufacturing sector," he continued. "For three years, we’ve embarked on a great national project to secure our immigration system and bring back our manufacturing jobs."