Workers at a manufacturer for sportswear for U.S. colleges, are seen at the factory, in El Salvador, August 9, 2017. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
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Anabel González (PIIE)

The shortage of gloves, gowns, face masks, and other personal protective medical gear to fight the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates US dependence on global (and hemispheric) supply chains. Following one example set in Europe, the United States and its trading partners can make freely available the tools to produce personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics will be closed to staff and visitors as of 6pm Friday, March 13. All PIIE personnel will work remotely, with access to telephone messages, until further notice.

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