As the new coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV, spreads rapidly around the globe, the international community is scrambling to keep up. Scientists rush to develop a vaccine, policymakers debate the most effective containment methods, and health care systems strain to accommodate the growing number of sick and dying. Though it may sound like a scene from the 2011 movie “Contagion,” it is actually an unfolding reality. In the midst of all of this, a potential crisis simmers in the shadows: The global dependence on China for the production of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. Chinese Dominance in the Pharmaceutical Market We represent an…
Andrew Natsios is the director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and executive professor at Texas A&M University. He is the former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.