Today we take you directly to a disturbing report carried by Breitbart News regarding the fact that vital medical supplies manufactured by Minnesota-based 3M Co. are being prioritized not to the United States but being sent to foreign countries. China received a large shipment in February.
Charlie Spiering reports President Donald Trump on Thursday invoked the Defense Production Act against 3M to acquire more medical masks to fight the Coronavirus.
3M describes itself as a diversified technology company that operates a wide range of what it refers to as “segments.” It’s the Health Care segment which supplies medical and surgical equipment, skin health & infection prevention products, and drug delivery systems, that captures our attention today. It’s come a long way since its founding in 1902 as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing. It also seems to have lost its allegiance to the country that supported it to the point where it the 2019 4th quarter and full year reports showed $ multi-billions in profits in various “segments.” Total sales grew 25.4 percent in Health Care, alone.
Ford, General Motors and GE recently announced they would be working with 3M to manufacture much needed respirators and ventilators. They’d do well to keep a sharp eye on every aspect of the process. The much need equipment needs to stay in the United States as we are continuing to lose lives to the deadly virus.
And to make matters worse, it’s being reported that hospitals are threatening to fire health-care workers who publicize their working conditions during the Coronavirus pandemic — and have in some cases followed through.