Federal Agencies Waited Months to Restock Medical Equipment before Outbreak

The U.S. waited until March to place bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, ventilators, and other medical supplies, the AP reported.

The U.S. waited until March to place bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, ventilators, and other medical supplies even as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak ballooned into a pandemic, the Associated Press reported Monday.

When hospitals in Washington State began to see a rise in coronavirus patients in February, the federal government was forced to send medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile, which was created 20 years ago to prepare for a national emergency. In one case, Montgomery County in Alabama received 5,000 masks that had a 2010 expiration date and were unusable due to dry rot.


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