Last week, the Biden administration announced that certain medical supplies produced in China will remain exempt from U.S. tariffs. The exclusion of tariffs would have been in effect until the close of the month, however currently, they will remain in effect until the final day of November.
The announcement indicates that it is likely that the Biden administration will permit Chinese-made surgical gloves, face masks, hospital gowns, and medical devices to be sold on the U.S. market, free of cost.
For decades, U.S. free trade with China has continued to sever America's middle- and working-class communities, and has meant that the American economy is dependent on China as well as a variety of other countries around the world for crucial sources of medicine, technology, minerals, and many other fields.
For instance, in 2020, the U.S. imported nearly $300 million worth of sanitary and hospital supplies made of paper — roughly 50 percent of which was produced in China. In the same year it was reported that the U.S. imported $470 million worth of surgical gloves made of rubber. Over 70% of the gloves came in Thailand and Malaysia and more than 15% were imported from China.
As Breitbart News stated, during the height of the pandemic American manufacturers claimed they were not not getting federal contracts to make the essential medical supplies needed, however, they weren't even being approached.
Although Biden has praised his bill on infrastructure as an aid for American production, his bill has huge provisions that permit federal agencies to bypass “Buy American” rules for any infrastructure-related project.
Between 2001 and 2018, U.S. free trade with China removed 3.7 million American jobs from the American economy -in all – 2.8 million of them eliminated from American manufacturing. The same time frame saw at most 50,000 American manufacturing facilities shut down.