U.S. medical stockpile running low as Delta variant threat looms

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      Engineers from La Sabana University demonstrate low-cost ventilators for patients with COVID-19.

      Supplies of critical medical products in the Strategic National Stockpile are still well below federal targets more than 18 months after the coronavirus first emerged in the United States, according to internal data obtained by POLITICO.

      The federal government has built up the stockpile significantly over the last year. There are more than 35 times more N95 respirators and 10 times more ventilators available now than at the start of the pandemic. But the nation is still short hundreds of millions — or more — surgical masks, gloves and gowns.

      Data from the Department of Health and Human Services show the stockpile targets include 265 million gowns, 400 million surgical face masks and 4.5 billion gloves. But the current inventory includes only 17.5 million gowns, 273 million surgical masks and 525 million gloves, according to an HHS spokesperson. That’s anywhere from 6.6 to 68 percent of the recommended stock, depending on the item.


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      Of course the stockpile is low – we’ve been/are in a pandemic. However, the vaccine manufacturers say they should handle the Delta variant.

      If we’re going to panic about a variant, then why did Oregon and Washington open up state-wide today?

      We have the pandemic managed, or we don’t. And there are no consistent answers.

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      The mask mandates need to be kept in place everywhere in public, at the very minimum.
      Maybe if we didn’t have to import most everything, we’d have enough masks, gowns, gloves to go around by now. This is what happens when we off shore our manufacturing and use just-in-time shipments for what we need, including critical medical needs.
      The money/profits just keep getting in the way of common sense.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
      The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

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