The United States Department of State is struggling to purchase medical supplies and equipment from recipients of U.S. aid in Eastern Europe and Asia, according to leaked memos from Foreign Policy magazine. The news comes as the entire world struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic that infected more than 380,000 and killed more than 16,500 worldwide.
One email sent by State Department officials last weekend instructed US diplomats to seek help from almost every country in Eurasia, “minus Russia,” he said Foreign policy. It is not clear why the US does not seek Russia’s help, but it is probably the New cold war, a conflict that is still furious despite our global health crisis.
The memos are an encouraging sign that U.S. officials are starting to take the pandemic seriously after President Donald Trump said in the past two months that the U.S. was more than willing to deal with the crisis. But we now know that the Trump regime was caught flat-footed, as Covid-19 threatens to overwhelm the US health care system, as it does in places like Italy and Iran hundreds die each day.
How receptive have other countries been to US requests for help? That part isn’t clear yet, but U.S. officials are internally insisting that countries struggling with the global pandemic can still be persuaded to assisting the US
“The fact that many countries manage an outbreak of COVID 19 should not / not necessarily prevent posts from approaching officials of the host country and, where appropriate, the private sector, as there have been instances where such countries have indicated their willingness to sell the US surplus equipment and supplies, “one of the emails reads.
The leaked memos contain specific medical items required in the United States and provide an overview of the inventories American hospitals are most desperate to get their hands on. Msome already no longer have medical centers Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and volunteers in Washington State made their own face masks and shields from supplies they picked up local craft shops.
Below is thThe list of things that the State Department, under Secretary Mike Pompeo, tries to acquire from other countries, according to foreign policy:
- Biohazard bags
- N95 masks
- Elastomeric respirators
- Powered air purifying respirators and visors
- Surgical level masks
- Tyvek clothes
- Metered dose inhalers
- Cotton swabs
- Protective glasses
- Face protectors
- Surgical caps
- Hand sanitizer
- Specimen transport bags
- Sharp containers
U.S. health professionals have warned for weeks that they don’t have enough essentials like masks and N95 gloves, although companies like 3M have happily started increase production. And tThe United States. simply do not have enough fans for the wave of sick people who will soon flood hospitals. New York, the hardest hit state in the US right now, has about 5,000 fans, but may need 30,000, according to the Wall Street Journal.
President Trump announced Monday at a news conference that he is prepared to do so restarts the US economy in weeks instead of months, something that is at odds with the advice of public health experts. But he insists he gets what he needs.
“We’re not going to let the cure be worse than the problem,” Trump said from the White House on Monday.
Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning about the struggle to get fans, arguing that he’s sending 400 of the life-saving machines to New York City. That claim, of course, could not be independently verified and Trump has a very long time history of the one promising and doing the opposite.
‘The global market for face masks and fans is crazy, ”says Trump tweeted. ‘We help states get equipment, but it’s not easy. Just got 400 fans in front @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio. Work on 4 hospitals in New York! Millions of different types of items are coming! ”
The US currently has at least 46,450 cases of Covid-19 and 593 deaths, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. And the coming weeks are expected to get much worse, making the need for medical supplies from overseas all the more urgent.