Trump puts onus on states to secure scarce medical equipment
President Trump said much of the responsibility to secure enough ventilators, masks and tests lies with governors rather than the federal government, as he delivered a press conference alongside members of the Coronavirus Task Force Thursday. Mr. Trump has enabled the Defense Production Act, but says he won’t implement it until he needs to, despite criticism that production of medical equipment needs to be ramped up now.
But there may be a problem with that plan: Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts said that when his state took the president’s advice to try to make such orders on its own, it lost out on bids to competition — the federal government.
Health care providers are also still reporting a lack of the tests they need, and a backlog in processing those tests. The total number of confirmed cases in the U.S. is at least 9,415, according to Johns …continued .
[Source: CBS News]