States, Doctors Ask Trump to Empty Stockpile of Medical Supplies

March 17, 2020, 4:09 PM

The states hit hardest by outbreaks of the new coronavirus are asking the federal government to tap into the nation’s reserve of medical supplies as demand for essentials like masks and ventilators are far higher than the public supply.

California, Washington state, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio have all in recent days asked the Trump administration to tap into the federal Strategic National Stockpile for respirators, masks, gowns, gloves, face shields and other equipment that been in short supply as doctors and hospitals work to contain the spread of Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Some states, such ...

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