Bloomberg Law
Aug. 6, 2021, 9:41 AM

Florida’s Oxygen Woes Cue Coming Wave of Covid Supply Shortages

Shira Stein
Shira Stein

Struggles in Florida to get hospitals enough oxygen for influxes of Covid-19 patients are likely a harbinger of heightened medical supply shortages nationwide as coronavirus cases persist and the delta variant rages.

Health centers in the state are grappling with shortages of drivers who can transport oxygen, a critical resource for hospitalized Covid-19 patients, and restrictions on how long they can be on the road. Industry professionals expect similar obstacles to expand around the U.S. for other essential supplies.

“Transportation disruptions have become a health-care issue,” Michael Einhorn, president and CEO of medical supply distributor Dealmed, said. “We cannot get ...

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