Instead of bidding against each other, New York and six other states are pooling their purchasing power to buy ventilators, protective gear, and coronavirus tests
- Seven northeastern states will work together to buy medical equipment and coronavirus testing supplies, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.
- “The consortium, I think, will help us get the equipment and get it at a better price,” Cuomo said, comparing it to the current system where states are bidding against each other.
- The Regional State Purchasing Consortium includes New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island.
- The seven states spend about $5 billion per year on medical equipment and supplies, Cuomo said.
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Seven states in the northeastern US are banding together to buy medical equipment and testing they need to fight the coronavirus.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the consortium Sunday, saying the seven states combine to spend about $5 billion per year on medical equipment and supplies. By combining their purchases, the participating states hope to better compete in the international market for medical supplies at better prices, Cuomo said.
In the absence of a coordinated federal government purchasing effort, the states have largely been on their own in attempting to track down and buy this equipment. Many governors have commented that they feel like they are …continued .
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