While publicly proclaiming that the United States is self-sufficient and would be able to combat the Covid-19 pandemic on its own, behind closed doors, President Donald Trump’s administration has been appealing to its allies for help, according to UK-based The Guardian.
“We should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival, ” the UK portal quoted him as saying at a White House briefing on Tuesday (March 24).
“America will never be a supplicant nation, ” he said.
However behind the scenes, the administration has approached Asian and European partners to secure supplies of testing kits and other medical equipment that are in desperately short supply in the United States, The Guardian said.
On Tuesday, Trump spoke by phone with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, asking if his country could supply medical equipment, it added.
The official White House account made no mention of the request, but according to the South Korean presidency, the Blue House, the call was made at Trump’s “urgent request”.
As of last week, South Korea had tested 270,000 people (one in 19 of the population) since the beginning of the outbreak while the United States has performed 266,000 tests (only one in 1,230) in the past eight days, The Guardian reported.
The UK outlet also noted that earlier this month, German officials said they had fended off a Trump administration offer to buy exclusive access to a potential vaccine being developed by a German company, CureVac.
The newspaper Welt am Sonntag had quoted an unidentified German government source as saying Trump was trying to secure the scientists’ work exclusively, and would do anything to get a vaccine for the United States, “but only for the United States”.
US Lifts Ban On Malaysian Glove Maker WRP Asia Amid Shortage
( Now Desperately Need Malaysia Glove To Fight Covid 19 )
Wow suddenly when there is a shortage, forced or no forced labour, suspension can be lifted. US memang hypocrite
The United States has lifted a ban on a Malaysian medical glove maker it had accused of using forced labour, a government statement showed, amid a surge in demand for personal protective equipment to fight the coronavirus crisis.
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday said disposable rubber gloves made by WRP Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd after March 16, 2020, will be admissible at all US ports of entry.
WRP, which has the capacity to produce more than 11 billion gloves a year, could not immediately be contacted for comment.
Malaysia is the world’s biggest producer of medical gloves. The gloves are in huge demand because of the spread of the virus that has infected more than 377,000 people across 194 countries and territories as of early Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, with more than 16,500 deaths.
The United States is the world’s biggest consumer of medical gloves per person.