#Biden-ordered review of supply chain to include electric car batteries, medical supplies and rare earth metals

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Publish Date : 2021-02-18 08:59:25
#Biden-ordered review of supply chain to include electric car batteries, medical supplies and rare earth metals

WASHINGTON - President Biden will sign an executive order asking the government to make unsorted reviews of their key industries and supply chains, including semiconductor manufacturing, electric automobile batteries, Medical supplies and rare earth elements such as those used in iPhone and military systems.

The executive ordinance, first reported by Reuters and mentioned by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki last week, details the types of specific technologies that are critical to the US supply chain, sectors individual focus and a range of threats that could affect access to critical materials, according to a copy of orders seen by Yahoo News and confirmed by a second source, acquaintances belonging to its content.

Related Video: Biden COVID Response and Next 25 Days Saki said the order will be released in the coming weeks. The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The US government is increasing pressure to understand the vast network of domestic and foreign companies that manufacture and obtain important products and commodities. Recent events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and SolarWinds violations that have affected governments and private networks, only further highlight this issue.

According to the draft executive order, the Biden administration orders a 100-day review of the supply chain in the light of threats that could pose a risk to access to essentials, such as pandemics, cyberattacks, and extreme weather events. The draft also identifies certain sectors that the White House wants to consider, from the defense industry base to the energy and transportation industries.

Specifically, Biden has instructed government agencies to take a closer look at the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Large capacity batteries, including those used in electric vehicles. Rare earth materials; and medical supplies. China is a strong competitor in these areas. For example, according to the 2017 US Geological Survey, China has accounted for more than 90% of the production and supply of rare earth elements used in products ranging from iPhones to lasers in the last decade. 

The White House requires a written evaluation of important products within a year. This includes a review of the capacity needed to produce them, a review of various factors that can affect production, and the resilience of the US industrial sector. Other areas.

Securing the supply chain is one of the many major foreign policy challenges the Biden White House is addressing in the early days of the administration. The decision to order a vast review track demonstrates the White House's proven preference to act slowly and cautiously on complex foreign policy issues in consultation with allies and experts.


The Biden administration was not the first to raise concerns about these issues. The Trump administration issued an executive order in October with the aim of reviewing the mining of rare earth minerals, increasing domestic production and proposing ways to reduce dependence on China.

Mark Esper, a source familiar with the matter and Secretary of Defense under Trump, has cited the production of rare earth elements as a top priority for the pre-pandemic industrial base, and the Biden administration continues to make efforts. It seems. Earlier this month, the Pentagon announced an agreement with Australian company Lynas Rare Earth to "establish a domestic processing capacity for light rare earth elements" in the United States.

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