The United States is relying on rubber glove imports from mostly Malaysia and Thailand in the midst of the Chinese coronavirus, with no clear path for manufacturing the critical medical supply in the U.S.
About three-in-five, or 60 percent, of rubber gloves today are made in Malaysia, while the U.S. is making close to none, according to industry insiders who spoke to Breitbart News.
Data from 2017 shows the U.S. imports about 91 percent of its rubber gloves from Malaysia and Thailand.
Industry insiders told Breitbart News that only DipTech Systems in Kent, Ohio, would be available to manufacture rubber gloves today in the U.S. but that production would not be able to begin for up to 18 months.
Around 80 percent of active pharmaceutical ingredients imported to the U.S. arrive from China and India, and 95 percent of ibuprofen and 70 percent of acetaminophen imported to the U.S. arrive from China.