The United States reacted to COVID-19 shortfalls of hospital masks, gowns and gloves with unprecedented trade and industrial policy. Joined by John Polowczyk, who was White House supply chain lead for the Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force, as well as Lloyd Armbrust of Armbrust American and the president of the American Mask Manufacturers Association, we describe the scramble for PPE, how parts of the American PPE industry are doing today, and how American policymakers might avoid a repeat of what we saw in 2020 (45:11).
- Chad P. Bown. Forthcoming. How COVID-19 medical supply shortages led to extraordinary trade and industrial policy. Asian Economic Policy Review.
- Chad P. Bown and Douglas A. Irwin. 2021. Why Does Everyone Suddenly Care About Supply Chains? The New York Times, October 14.