The COVID-19 pandemic caught the U.S. on the back foot, scrambling to procure necessities like medicines, ventilators, and masks. It exposed the country's lopsided reliance on third-party vendors, foreign manufacturers, and other nations.
The Investor's Business Daily/TIPP Poll conducted in late June/early July asked 1,424 American adults how important a strong manufacturing base for medical drugs was to the United States' national security. The response:
- 82% Important
- 7% Not important
- 11% Unsure