WASHINGTON — https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-04-07/hospitals-washington-seize-coronavirus-supplies
LA Times: Although President Trump has directed states and hospitals to secure what supplies they can, the federal government is quietly seizing orders, leaving medical providers across the country in the dark about where the material is going and how they can get what they need to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
Imagine if you were a healthcare provider in NYC trying your best to do your job without the requisite PPE and save lives in the face of an overwhelming pandemic and then you read this: https://t.co/wWdHkQsva5— Sheila Roberts (@SRoberts101A) April 8, 2020
Hospital and clinic officials in seven states described the seizures in interviews over the past week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is not publicly reporting the acquisitions, despite the outlay of millions of dollars of taxpayer money, nor has the administration detailed how it decides which supplies to seize and where to reroute them.
Officials who’ve had materials seized also say they’ve received no guidance from the government about how or if they will get access to the supplies they ordered. That has stoked concerns about how public funds are being spent and whether the Trump administration is fairly distributing scarce medical supplies.
US sends Israeli army 1,000,000 face masks (now with an English story, from the Jerusalem Post).— Dena Shunra (@ShunraCat) April 7, 2020
While NYC runs out of morgue space.
Why is the federal government doing this? Why do Israeli soldiers get PPE rather than U.S. health workers?https://t.co/A4ISiIZMCO
The medical leaders on the front lines of the fight to control the coronavirus and keep patients alive say they are grasping for explanations. “We can’t get any answers,” said a California hospital official who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation from the White House.
A million face masks arrived in the United States and will be used by IDF (Israeli) soldiers during the Corona period https://t.co/CEVkz54K49— Peter Roman (@TsarKastik) April 8, 2020
In Florida, a large medical system saw an order for thermometers taken away. And officials at a system in Massachusetts were unable to determine where its order of masks went.