I watch the press briefings on COVID-19. I get the news feeds on the problem that the US has getting personal protective equipment (PPE). Since I’m close to the situation, and since I’m not presently doing business with USGOV or USSTATE interests, I can suggest to you why the problem exists.
“The fault is not in our stars, dear brutus, but in ourselves.” – Julius Caesar
Other countries are willing to pay the market rate. Many US entities are not. And some countries other than the US are offering to buy PPE in the pipeline earmarked for the US at a premium, thus getting the US un-earmarked. Ooops. Frankly, there’s not much that can be done about that except to deal with people who have stroke on the ground in China.
This is capitalism. And like it or not, supply and demand rules. An item that cost $1.00 six months ago might cost $2.00 today. Demanding the item at $1.00 won’t get you what you want.
In China, restrictions on movement have been completely lifted. If the virus returns with a vengeance, there are enough foreigners in country, that it won’t be possible to hide. However, all in all, it’s a positive sign.