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Pandemic Preparedness Bill to Boost U.S.-Made Stockpile Advances

July 20, 2021, 8:44 PM

House lawmakers advanced a bill aimed at ending shortages in domestic personal protective equipment supply chains to prepare for future pandemics.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform approved H.R. 4470 by a unanimous vote Tuesday. Its next stop is the House floor.

The Covid-19 pandemic sent a shock through global supply chains of personal protective equipment, exposing shortages of N95 masks, gowns, gloves, and face shields in the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile.

“We all know we’re going to have another pandemic at some point,” said Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).

“As we enter a post-pandemic world, it is essential ...