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White House Projects U.S. to Meet Mask Demand Aug. Through Oct.

June 9, 2020, 4:14 PM

The U.S. is expected to have a supply of at least 180m N95 respirator masks each month from August through October, exceeding the need for about 160m in that period, according to a copy of White House projections for personal protective equipment needs.

  • The projections, created by the White House Supply Chain Task Force and released by Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan’s office, also estimate needs for gowns, surgical masks, gloves, and face shields, as well as how much the U.S. is expected to manufacture or import
  • Hassan said she was initially told she couldn’t publicly share the document, but FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor gave her permission to do so during a Senate hearing
  • White House projects U.S. to meet the demand for surgical masks and nitrile gloves in June and July, and outpace demand for face shields
    • Administration will use the Defense Production Act on nitrile gloves, White House Supply Chain Task Force head John Polowcyzk says during Senate hearing
  • U.S. will need almost 200m gowns in June, about 175m in July; the supply is expected to be less than 150m in June and 175m in July

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Greg Sullivan, Caitlin Webber

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