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The shortage of protective gear at a time of utmost need has revealed the fragility of global supply chains -- and the extent of the U.S.'s reliance on China. © Illustration by Michael Tsang
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How Trump's China obsession undermined the coronavirus effort

As the US scrambles for life-saving gear, White House shuts out the world's largest supplier

MARRIAN ZHOU, Nikkei staff writer | North America

NEW YORK -- Artura Taylor has spent the last few months desperately searching for personal protective equipment. Her Texas-based medical supply company is a contractor for New York state, the epicenter of the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak. Through the early months of this year, as tens of thousands of people became infected and death rates soared, the gear needed by front-line workers quickly fell into short supply.

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