Seasons Greetings

Flash News: IIT-Massachusetts could be a reality soon in Biden administration     - | -     AstraZeneca faces EU fury over delays in Covid-19 vaccine delivery     - | -     12 Houston police officers charged in connection to a botched raid     - | -     Biden plans to announce new bans on oil and gas drilling on federal lands     - | -     Companies are giving up on the United States and betting big on China and India     - | -     CDC director: Biden administration is in the dark about vaccine data     - | -     Tata Medical & Diagnostics, a new unit of Tata Sons to launch COVID-19 vaccine in India     - | -     Fabricating stories, fantastic conspiracy theories about covid-19 jabs that are deadly     - | -     New China swine fever strains point to illicit vaccines     - | -     SII: Blaze at facility of world’s biggest vaccine maker kills 5 people     - | -     Vadodara based Alembic Pharma gets USFDA nod for low blood pressure treatment drug     - | -     Paxton calls the DHS's decision illegal, threatens to Sue Biden Administration     - | -     Joe Biden’s speechwriter Vinay Reddy is the pride and joy of Telangana     - | -     She's a woman of color, she's a Black woman, a daughter of immigrants: Kamala Harris walks into history     - | -     Mine Managers detained, trapped worker dies as rescuers try to save 21 in China mine     - | -     Joe Biden, Kamala Harris Sworn in - signs 17 orders to undo Trump’s legacy     - | -     India plans for changes in e-commerce rules could hurt Amazon     - | -     Van Morrison mounts legal action over N.Irish virus curbs on live music     - | -     Netflix streaming service raised $15 billion in less than a decade     - | -     Inauguration of Kamala Harris: Watershed moment for the nation's oldest Black sorority     - | -     Matthew Bonner’s “Trump Baby balloon” to be displayed at the Museum of London     - | -     The resurgence of Covid-19 in China after largely containing the pandemic     - | -     Fitness startup buys California-based Onyx to boost at-home offerings     - | -     The oldest living Marine, Dorothy Cole, died at age 107     - | -     Starbucks closes some New York stores out of possible violence     - | -     COVID-19 vaccine export may start in 2 weeks: Poonawalla     - | -     Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates becomes largest private farmland owner in US     - | -     Alarm at death of teachers: Naseeb Gill      - | -     “Strong evidence” Feds walk back claims Capitol rioters meant to 'capture and assassinate' elected officials     - | -     Dr Reddy's gets DCGI approval to conduct phase-3 trial of Sputnik V     - | -     Biden unveils $1.9 trillion economic package: few keynotes     - | -      Indian consumers to be among the first to buy Samsung Galaxy S21 series globally     - | -     6.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Indonesia's Sulawesi island, killing at least 34 people     - | -     Fear looms as over 90,000 Americans could die of Covid-19 in next three weeks, CDC forecast shows     - | -     Deborah Rhode, Stanford law professor and authority on legal ethics, dies at 68     - | -     Coronavirus: Government is yet to decide on giving indemnity to vaccine makers     - | -     UK to fine companies that hide connections to China Xinjiang region     - | -     U.S. executes mentally diseased woman on murder charges     - | -     Malaysia nationwide Emergency: Election suspended until pandemic is over     - | -     Flight AI-176 enters the book of history with all women crew members     - | -     Trump administration declares Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism     - | -     Mayor Muriel Bowser urges people to avoid DC says Trumpism won't die on January 20     - | -     Ban imposed on genetically modified corn in Mexico     - | -     Ratan Tata travels to Pune to meet ailing former employee     - | -     Florida doctor dead after receiving COVID-19 vaccine     - | -     US Capitol Chaos: Pro-Trump Mob Clash with Police, 4 dead     - | -     Nashville bomber blew himself up, police say     - | -     December deadliest month of COVID-19 pandemic     - | -     Trump signs covid-19 stimulus and government spending bill into law     - | -     This Is What GOP Feared. Now that Trump Has Governed with Executive Orders, Dems Plan to Do Same      - | -     Man Throwing 'Incendiary Devices' at ICE Detention Center Is Killed in Attack      - | -     Mueller Hearing Pushed Back a Week to Allow More Time for Him to Answer Questions      - | -     Trump Tells 4 Congresswomen of Color to 'Go Back' to 'Crime-Infested' Countries They Came From      - | -     GOP Congressman Invokes 'The Deep State'

Features & Columns

Kushner Works Out Deal with China to Get Supplies Airlifted to US

viewsViews 403

Kushner Works Out Deal with China to Get Supplies Airlifted to US

2020-03-30 11:37:23

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Jared Kushner (Image source: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem via Wikimedia Commons)

On Sunday a commercial aircraft arrived in New York carrying much needed medical supplies: 80 tons of gloves, masks, gowns, and other items. The surprising thing is where the plane originated: China. The country is still willing to help the United States, even after Donald Trump has referred to COVID-19 as the "China Virus." 

The flight was just the first of 22 that are scheduled to bring the much-sought-after supplies to the U.S. as it tries to fight the virus with hospitals running out, forced to ration the supplies, make their own, or simply go without.

Arriving from China were 130,000 N95 masks, 1.8 million face masks and gowns, 10 million gloves, and thousands of thermometers for distribution to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, reported Federal Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow. More flights will be arriving in Chicago and Ohio on Monday and Tuesday. Those supplies will be sent to other states from there. 

The Trump administration has been searching for ways to get necessary supplies. They've been looking for ways to produce respirators and ventilators, along with other supplies, but the factories that normally produce them are at full capacity already. Some companies have stepped up to make them, like Tesla, and Apple has already donated a big shipment of masks. Others, like General Motors and Ford, have been pressed by Trump to produce ventilators. yet these companies will need weeks or months before the facilities can start cranking them out.

Sunday's shipment was arranged by Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, in a public-private partnership, along with McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Owens & Minor, Medline, Henry Schein, and other major health-care distributors. Trump joined reps from those companies in a White House meeting on Sunday. 

Still, what arrived on Sunday is just a very small portion of what is needed in the U.S. It was estimated by the Department of Health and Human Services that the U.S. will need 3.5 billion masks if the pandemic lasts a year.

And the U.S. isn't the only nation in need, as countries are beginning to race each other to get dibs on them. China has new factories producing protective gear, ventilators, and other supplies, despite the pandemic waning there. 

"China has abundant protective equipment now, and the rest of the world has a huge shortage," said the chairman of greater China for APCO Worldwide, James McGregor.

Litzow reported that not all of the supplies will come from China. The U.S. is also working with manufacturers from Honduras, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, some of which have been heavily condemned by Trump in the past. 

Governors and mayors don't feel like the U.S. government has been moving fast enough, so they have been trying to procure their own shipments from China, going up against foreign buyers.

There are also wealthy individuals, charitable organizations, and corporate executives in the U.S. private sector who have connections to China and are trying to work deals. Chinese billionaire and co-founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, is sending one million masks and 500,000 tests to the U.S. An organization of Americans of Chinese descent, the Committee of 100, has raised $1 million to procure needed supplies and send them to the U.S. 

The chairman of Himalaya Capital Management, Li Lu, said he's helping arrange a shipment to the U.S. of one million masks made by Chinese automaker BYD. Li is part owner of the company. He has been sending more than $1.4 million of supplies worldwide to Wuhan, China. Once the country started healing from the pandemic, and there was more need in the West, he directed them that way.

BYD started producing masks at the end of last month, and the Chinese government bought out everything produced, according to Li. Now they are filling an order for 40 million masks for Italy. The first shipment of a million masks will be sent to the U.S. on April 1. 

He's also speaking with China's largest ventilator manufacturer. Everything being produced has already been bought up by parties through September, but Li is trying to persuade them to send a few hundred to the U.S.

"China has the capacity now, and the U.S. has a huge need," said Li. "We've got to fight together." 

Had Trump not downplayed the force of coronavirus COVID-19 when it was in China, he could have better prepared the U.S. and could have made sure hospitals were prepared at that point. Right now, it seems the U.S. is working under the gun.

Post Your Comment

Most Recent News

Have We Seen the Last of Conor McGregor in Boxing?

27 January, 2021

  Have we seen the last of Conor McGregor in boxing?  ...More

MLB: New York Yankees Announce They've Officially Re-Signed Infielder DJ LeMahieu

27 January, 2021

  -Posted by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu. (Image Source: Paul Bereswill / Getty Images) The New York Yankees announced today that they......More

MLB: New York Yankees Make Signing of RHP Corey Kluber Official

27 January, 2021

  -Posted by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber is the newest New York Yankees. (Image Source: Joe Robbins / Getty Images)  The New York......More

Get Published

Want to publish your own articles?

Create an account, and submit your articles, photos and/or videos. They will be reviewed by our professional copy editors, and if it is approved, it will be published for all our readers to view.