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As The Coronavirus Spreads, Most Of America’s Medicine Still Comes From China

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Hayden Daniel Deputy & Opinion Editor
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The coronavirus has rapidly spread across the globe, including 60 confirmed cases in the U.S., but the vast majority of the more than 80,000 cases are still localized in China.

China possesses a stranglehold on the production of the medicines that fill U.S. pharmacies, and it manufactures a large share of the drugs used by Americans to fight influenza. This presents the risk that life-saving drugs could be cut off from the U.S. if the coronavirus causes an economic shutdown in China. There’s also the possibility that Americans might receive tainted influenza medicine.