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  • The president is expected to sign the order during his trip to Ohio later Thursday, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro said.
  • The order will require the U.S. government to develop a list of essential medicines and buy them as well as medical supplies from U.S. companies instead of from foreign countries like China, Navarro said.

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order requiring the federal government to buy “essential” drugs from U.S. companies, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro announced Thursday.

The president is expected to sign the order, called “buy American,” during his trip to Ohio later Thursday, Navarro told reporters. “If we’ve learned anything from the China virus pandemic, it is that we are dangerously overdependent on foreign nations for our essential medicines, for medical supplies like masks gloves, goggles and medical equipment like ventilators.”