I hope that you’re enjoying the new format for Virtual Mirage and that you took time out of your busy life and came to visit. Over time, you’re going to find that this blog is expanding in some new directions, which will allow for new content, presented in a more interactive way.
Please don’t be too quick to judge the changes because this is very much a work in progress. It’s the look that has changed, not the content.
The world that we knew a month ago doesn’t exist anymore. I’m not going to tick off the changes that we are all experiencing together.
This is the fifth day that Global Strategies Medical has been up and running. I’ve never been in the supply chain business and truth be told, I’m not really a feather merchant. However, we are now selling ventilators, face masks and personal protective equipment because of the Chinese Plague. Brian, who you will meet on this blog, has been asked to post some observations from China. I met Brian in grad school about a hundred years ago and he is now working on the Chinese end of the supply chain that we’re trying to put together.
We’re selling to governments in need of Plague-related stuff and it’s interesting. For example, a senior health official in the UK we were speaking with yesterday laid out desperate needs for face masks, ventilators, and other PPE. OK, no problem. Then she said that there was a HUGE list of compliance demands for the suppliers to deal with before HM Govt. could do business. The volume of paperwork involved would take a month to complete. Literally. Then they could consider issuing a purchase order for twenty million surgical grade N-95 masks. (All N-95 masks are not created equal) But they need the masks NOW because of the health emergency in Great Britain.
The supply chain for any COVID-19 related PPE or life support material is INSANE at the moment. We just shrugged. Good luck with that, Great Britain.
A colleague of mine had a conversation with President Lopez-Obrador of Mexico about their need for PPE. The Mexican federal government won’t be buying ANYTHING. They will accept donations. (this is my shocked face) Mexico has a communist government and they are waiting for their comrades in China to give them free stuff. (don’t hold your breath, Mexico)
Others, it would seem, view PPE as a commodity, to be speculated on. They see that it can be bought at a current price, stockpiled, and then sold for a profit as the demand increases. Those to catch that vision are a bit like corporate raiders. They’ll buy 500 ventilators today and hold on to them until the grandmas and grandpas are about to expire, before they sell them.
This is a short term business for us. Eventually the world will be awash in masks and Chinese Plague related stuff and we can go back to rescuing kidnapped people and intervening in political hot spots with innovative solutions.