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MEDIA ADVISORY: Webinar today on Looming COVID-19 Medicine Shortage

With Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Rosemary Gibson, Award-Winning Author of ‘China Rx’

 WHAT:   Webinar with one of the world’s leading experts on medicine supply chains, award-winning author of “China Rx,” Rosemary Gibson, and leading advocate for affordable medicines, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). This webinar will be hosted by Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed how reliant the United States has become on imported masks, respirators and other medical goods after decades of outsourcing domestic production capacity.

Medicine supplies are even more vulnerable. Not only do we rely heavily on imports for many categories of drugs, but the building blocks – called active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) – are now mainly produced in just two countries, China and India.

DeLauro and Gibson will discuss underlying vulnerabilities in U.S. medicine supplies exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and what must be done to fix decades of trade, tax and other policies that have made us suspectable to medicine shortages.

WHEN:   3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 30

WHERE:    https://rethinktrade.org/live

WHO:         U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)

Rosemary Gibson, award-winning author of “China Rx”

Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch