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Congress distributed KN95 masks with a stamp that reads “Made in China” to members of the House of Representatives. The masks’ origin renewed concerns among lawmakers about America’s dependence on Chinese personal protective equipment (PPE).
The House physician had required legislators to upgrade their masks to N95 or KN95, instead of using cloth ones, due to increasing cases of COVID-19 omicron variant in the country, according to a Jan. 14 Fox News report.
But the masks delivered from the Office of the Attending Physician were manufactured in China, prompting pushback from some lawmakers.
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Jan. 11, requesting that masks and other PPE provided to Congress members are domestically produced.
“Members of Congress should not have to wear masks manufactured by unfriendly regimes. President Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party pose a clear and real threat to our nation, one that must be taken seriously,” reads the letter.
“If we should have learned anything from the COVID-19 pandemic—it is imperative to break U. S. dependence on foreign medical supply chains,” added Wittman.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted U. S. reliance on Chinese medical supplies, and the dangers it entails. According to Rosemary Gibson, senior adviser at the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute, the United States depends on China for masks, scans, prescription drugs, and their ingredients, among other supplies.
Gibson, who is also co-author of “China RX: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine,” previously told The Epoch Times that this reliance poses a danger to national security, as it exposes the United States to a lack of availability of crucial medicines, such as antibiotics, as well as PPE.
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