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Feds to overhaul national stockpile of medical supplies

17 May 2020 10:19 AM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

Modern Healthcare Source Article 

Feds to overhaul national stockpile of medical supplies

President Donald Trump on Thursday said his administration will improve the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs and medical supplies to ensure the U.S. is prepared to respond to viruses like COVID-19 in the future.

Officials will use lessons learned from the current pandemic and supply-chain management strategies from the Department of Defense to refill and preserve the stockpile going forward. The federal government now has a "well-defined understanding" of which critical supplies it needs and in what amounts, a senior administration official said.

When the COVID-19 outbreak began in the U.S., the federal government had one to three weeks of supply for most items in the national stockpile. According to a senior administration official, the Trump administration aims to create a 90-day supply for those items to create "a buffer" until the U.S. can increase domestic manufacturing surge capacity.

The administration is fundamentally rethinking how HHS, Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinate their activities so they can respond more effectively.

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