May 19, 2020

Just as America reopens, one essential tool is running out: thermometers.

Marc Blitstein, the CEO of American Diagnostic, a major maker, says demand for non-contact devices is up 900%.Suppliers can’t always fill orders.

“Some of them are made in the US, but they get components from all over the world, including China. And we estimated that about 50% of the thermometers that we purchase are made in China,” says Cindy Juhas, chief strategic officer for CME Corp., one of the nation’s biggest medical equipment suppliers.

Juhas’s company stocks 2 million items from 2,000 makers.

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