COVID-19 pandemic forced the govt. in the USA to surge PPE imports in 2020, and considering the current situation, it is very probable that PPE imports will further go up in 2021. The US is one of the brutally hit countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with daily reporting of over 0.2 million new cases in the last two months of 2020.
During January-October 2020 PPE imports saw an astounding growth of 312% in terms of value to reach $16.5 billion, compared to the same period in 2020.
As per the trade partners, China appeared as a clear winner for PPE exports to the US and accounted for about 68% of the overall imports in terms of value followed by other nations namely Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.
Seeing the current efforts to confront the pandemic and its long-term effects, healthcare agencies in America, as well as across the world, are preparing themselves for the long-term fight.
These agencies may bestow a large portion of their expenditure towards buying protective gear to keep their healthcare workers battle-ready for the upcoming tests soon.