Cammie Meerdink is the woman behind Piper Pottery where she uses impressions of fallen leaves to make each piece one-of-a-kind.
Will: Here's the thing and there's no way of getting around it or of stating it politely. The westernized world (EU, Canada, USA, S. / C. America) along with many other nations (Australia, Japan for example) have welcomed China into the G7 and given them positions of power with the UN and WHO even though we know they have a horrible history of human rights, workers rights and poor medical research / safety standards. We've welcomed them because we can (and do) get cheap labor for the production of things we want and need that would be much more expensive to produce inside of our borders because of environmental and work place safety (OSHA) regulations. We've allowed this even though we know they have a long history of not being forthright and failing to act in a prompt manner (if you believe that's an overstatement, keep in mind, on 01/16/2020 the WHO said that in working with China on COVID19, "there is no evidence the virus can be transmitted human to human"). We must now use our own common sense and pull away from any dependence we have with China for medical supplies (PPE, hardware, medication, root compounds for medication and so on). Yes this will increase prices. However it will also add jobs and will protect our national security in the future. Additionally ending our need for China to produce such items may have a positive environmental impact as they (China) will have less need for coal and will mean less global shipments by air or sea (sure, that's an added bonus but for those on the left its a win). My hope is the USA and our allies begin rapidly and strategically bringing research and production back within our borders and stop pretending China is any type of "particular friend". Sure, I know that's a harsh statement but the truth is for the last 20 years China has been stealing intellectual property from around the globe and little is done. Fact is, this isn't just medical products but across the board. If you think this is hyperbolic please simply Google "China theft of technology is biggest law enforcement threat to US, FBI says". Anyhow staying on the medical / medication topic (although we also need to examine beef, pork and poultry imports from China) even NPR has acknowledged Chinas involvement in medical care items must be seen as a concern. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/12/814623335/how-coronavirus-is-affecting-the-u-s-pharmaceutical-supply