Medical Supply Chains
This series is part of an ongoing investigation by the Global Reporting Centre, The Associated Press, and the PBS series FRONTLINE that examines the deadly consequences of the fragmented worldwide medical supply chain.
U.S. charities that traditionally operate in countries stricken by war and natural disaster are now sending humanitarian aid to some of the wealthiest communities in America.
With millions staying home during the pandemic, charities that help the country’s neediest are finding themselves in need.
The billions of tax dollars headed for hospitals and states as part of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus response bill won’t fix the problem facing doctors and nurses: a critical shortage of protective gowns, gloves and masks.
Malaysia’s medical glove factories, which make most of the world’s critical hand protection, are operating at half capacity just when they’re most needed.
The critical shortage of medical supplies across the U.S., including testing swabs, protective masks, surgical gowns and hand sanitizer, can be tied to a sudden drop in imports, mostly from China.