• I’m Sorry, Wh-a-a-tt? Kodak Recruited to Produce Crucial Generic Drug Ingredients

    Surge Summary: The COVID-19 Pandemic has confirmed: America cannot depend on China for crucial pharmaceuticals and health supplies. So … the Kodak film company has been awarded a contract to help meet this need domestically. It’s part of a massive “onshoring” effort.

    by Gary Bauer

    If there is a silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic it may be that the virus has exposed the dangers of America’s growing dependence on communist China.  Nearly 80% of the key ingredients in medicines are produced overseas, largely in China.

    But China doesn’t have a good record when it comes to quality and safety.

    ABC News reported yesterday that 56% of counterfeit or fraudulent Covid-related products (masks, medications, etc.) were coming from China.  One senior official said that 85% of all counterfeit goods intercepted by the government over the past five years originated in China.

    I could go on with a whole list of things, from tainted toothpastedrywall and dog food, but you get the point.

    Thankfully, President Trump is taking action to reduce our dependence on communist China.  This week, the administration announced that the iconic American film company Kodak had been awarded a major contract under the Defense Production Act to domestically produce as much as 25% of the active ingredients for the nation’s generic drug supply.

    As a result of this new contract, Kodak is creating hundreds of new jobs and expanding its facilities in Rochester, New York, and Saint Paul, Minnesota.

    In announcing the deal yesterday, President Trump declared:

    “When the China virus landed on our shores, it became clearer than ever before that restoring American manufacturing is a core matter of national security.  We must never be reliant on a foreign nation for America’s medical or other needs. . .

    “This is just the beginning.  In the coming months, we will continue the largest onshoring campaign in American history.  We will bring back our jobs, and we will make America the world’s premier medical manufacturer and supplier.”

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Modified from: Di Thomas Belknap from Rochester, NY, USA – 080809_Kodak_Tower_TopUploaded by xnatedawgx, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9918622

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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