Bloomberg Law
Dec. 21, 2020, 5:15 PM

Hidden U.S. Health Stockpile Weighs Lessons of Trump-Era Crisis

Shira Stein
Shira Stein

It’s the size of three super Walmarts, containing pallets of labeled boxes as far as the eye can see. Drugs, personal protective equipment, testing equipment, ventilators, and other medical equipment—$2.3 billion worth of inventory, at a location that couldn’t be disclosed even if one could keep track of the loops around back roads you take to reach it.

Even that 300,000 square feet of vastness contains just a fraction of the Strategic National Stockpile, which as of Dec. 18 had 194 million N95 masks, 201 million surgical and procedural masks, 173 million gowns and coveralls, 72 million gloves, 23 million ...

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