“We cannot face a national crisis with bidder wars and massive price increases – we need a national strategy,” said Warren. “If President Trump doesn’t do his job, Congress will do it for him.”
However, it is unclear how much Republicans would be interested, if at all, since GOP lawmakers refuse to support additional federal control over states.
Brown is unafraid and says that his efforts stem from the fact that his home governor, Republican Larry Hogan, bought 500,000 coronavirus test kits from South Korea because of a limited supply of states. Brown’s measure aims to make such direct purchases unnecessary.
But most test kits in Maryland still need to be usedHogan was in an undisclosed location that was protected by the state’s National Guard, and told the Washington Post on Thursday. Brown attributes the unused kits to a lack of medical swabs required to perform the test, and says his bill would prevent this kind of mishap from happening again.
The situation in Maryland is not unique. As the corona virus continues to spread in the United States, states have been in a highly competitive attempt to obtain supplies and are competing to try to secure personal protective equipment for front workers, often at a much higher cost than normal.
The lack of supplies and the lack of organization at the federal level – President Donald Trump has between a White House response and the dismissive statement that the Federal Government is “not a shipping merchant” – has prompted some governors to get creative.
For example, in Warren’s home state of Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker relied on the New England Patriots to deliver 1.2 million face masks bought from China using the private plane and tractor-trailer of the football team.
And even that is not a solution – there have been questions on the subject in both the United States and the United Kingdom in recent weeks Effectiveness of PSA supply, including masks and ventilators, sourced from China.