U.S. companies kept shipping masks overseas even as hospitals ran out and despite warnings
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Private citizens are sewing masks themselves to donate to local hospitals as a makeshift solution so workers don’t have to tie bandanas around their faces.
The mayors of 192 cities across the country said in a survey released in late March that they did not have sufficient face masks for their first responders and medical personnel, and 186 cities said they faced a shortage of other personal protective equipment.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划The survey said the cities need 28.5 million face masks, 24.4 million other types of personal protective equipment and 139,000 ventilators. The respondents did not include mayors of some of the nation’s largest cities, like New York and Chicago.
Bright’s whistleblower complaint proves that people within the Trump administration knew months ago that a shortage was imminent, Doggett said.
“When you know the storm is brewing,” he said, “you don’t export your life preservers.”
USA TODAY used the latest trade data published by the U.S. Census Bureau for the analysis and looked at each commodity’s trade value based on its Harmonized System Code, known as HS code based on a reference document for COVID-19 medical supplies published by the World Customs Organization.
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