Governors across the nation slam federal coronavirus response: ‘We didn’t take this seriously’
Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker addresses coronavirus during a press conference on March 20, 2020.
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State governors say their demands for more masks and other medical equipment are not being met, forcing them to compete with each other for critical supplies as the coronavirus pandemic escalates in the United States.
“This should have been a coordinated effort by the federal government…It’s a Wild West out there…Indeed we’re overpaying for PPE because of that competition,” Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
PPE stands for personal protection equipment, which includes critical medical supplies such as face masks.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the federal government needs to nationalize the purchase of needed medical supplies, adding that the shortage of personal protective gear like masks and life-saving equipment like respirators is …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]