...the U.S. is allowing many types of medical supplies to leave the country even as states and hospital systems are expressing desperate need for masks and other PPE.
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not the case in countries that have cracked down on exports
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Buyers from state procurement departments and hospital systems expressed desperate need for masks, but the deals bogged down when it came to providing proof that they could commit and follow through. In the meantime, another buyer provided proof of funds and the masks were gone, sometimes within the hour.
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At one point he received an update that 43 million masks were available in New Jersey, in the same time-frame that federal and state leaders were saying in press conferences that they were “scouring the globe” for masks. But the masks in New Jersey, along with many million more, didn’t go to any domestic buyer. Instead, according to the broker, they were all purchased by foreign buyers.

Last week, a Trump administration official working to secure much-needed protective gear for doctors and nurses in the United States had a startling encounter with counterparts in Thailand.

The official asked the Thais for help—only to be informed by the puzzled voices on the other side of the line that a U.S. shipment of the same supplies, the second of two so far, was already on its way to Bangkok.

Would someone please take charge?

BoB W.'s picture

MANIA!

WTF!!

Does ANYBODY know what's going on?

Sadly, we are at the mercy of the government officials that have their head where the sun don't shine.

Heaven help us!

Treehouse's picture

Of all the reasons...

To vote Trump out this November (and the Republicans in the House and Senate), this is my number one reason. The federal government of the UNITED! States should be coordinating logistical help in this pandemic crisis. To allow private companies to profit and to send needed medical supplies to other countries when our healthcare providers need them is criminal.

R. Neal's picture

Yes. Clearly nobody is in

Yes. Clearly nobody is in charge.

yellowdog's picture

For profit health care is for profit

What would you expect of a system based on profit? This is America, after all.

bizgrrl's picture

In the early days of the


In the early days of the pandemic, the U.S. government turned down an offer to manufacture millions of N95 masks in America

January 22, 2020, Bowen’s medical supply company, Prestige Ameritech, could ramp up production to make an additional 1.7 million N95 masks a week. He viewed the shrinking domestic production of medical masks as a national security issue, though, and he wanted to give the federal government first dibs.
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In the end, the government did not take Bowen up on his offer. Even today, production lines that could be making more than 7 million masks a month sit dormant.

fischbobber's picture

Capitalism has failed.

And this story illustrates how Trump killed it.

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