The prime minister is being told we should "re-shore" critical supplies. But that's not the same as ensuring we have access to them.
During a pandemic, what would MacGyver do? He'd cobble together masks and ventilators from the things around him. Now health-care workers are doing the same. But there are risks.
Globalisation does not look so clever when everyone wants the same medical equipment.
In under 10 days, engineers from UCL and Mercedes F1 reverse-engineered a product, produced a new design, tested it, got regulatory approval and started production.
The 3M face mask dustup between the U.S. and Canada, although quickly resolved, starkly illustrated that Canada must find compromises with its southern neighbour about the trade of COVID-19 products.