White House trade adviser and arch-protectionist ideologue Peter Navarro is trying to include buy-American provisions in the Trump administration’s coronavirus relief package that could disrupt the medical supply chain while the U.S. is already ill-prepared for a projected surge in casesthe Daily Beast reported on Thursday.

The Beast reviewed a draft order of Navarro’s proposal, which it reported was being prepared “with the president’s explicit sign-off.” Titled “Combat Public Health Emergencies and Strengthen the National Defense by Ensuring Made in America Essential Medicines and Medical Countermeasures,” the draft order reportedly allows any executive agencies or departments to procure medical supplies and drugs from “any sources during the COVID-19 outbreak” but “take all possible measures” to “maximize domestic procurement of essential medicines” in the long term.

 

The order also says the U.S. should “ensure sufficient, stable and reliable long term demand for essential medicines and medical countermeasures through domestic procurement policies,” authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to accelerate regulatory approval for U.S. medicines and subject drugs that are manufactured in another country to FDA standards. According to the Beast, the secretaries of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services would be given a total of 90 days to procure U.S.-made medicine and “promote price competition by dividing production requirements among two or more domestic contractors.”

 

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