8.3 C
New York
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Home Business DeLauro: Insurance issues threaten N95 mask allocation to hospitals

DeLauro: Insurance issues threaten N95 mask allocation to hospitals

In testimony before Congress on U.S. coronavirus (COVID-19) response, chairwoman DeLauro asked CDC Director Robert Redfield for help addressing what she believes to be misallocation of the first batch of 35 million masks manufactured by 3M. Only 4 million of the 35 million masks to be manufactured by 3M will be allocated to health care workers and hospitals; the rest go to the commercial sectors. Why? Insurance issues.

“It is only 4 million because that is all that 3M has, stated Ms. Delauro. “And without some notion of indemnification… we need the strength of the administration to say ‘get more insurance’ so we can move forward. It is wrong to stop because at 4 million we just can’t get there and there is no answer to this.”

3M’s manufacturing capacity is 35 million masks a month; the U.S. government is buying 500 million masks to stock against coronavirus and future outbreaks. Local hospitals are already reporting shortages of N95 face masks. And with Germany joining South Korea in banning the export of masks, the reduced ability to source masks from overseas risks making the allocation issue even more serious. Currently, the U.S. only has 1 percent of the 3.5 billion masks needed to combat the virus.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Some Great Digital Yoga Resources If Your studio is Still Closed

Everyone has their own routines for trying to stay sane and healthy during quarantine. Some people work on their sourdough skills,...

Did Facebook Commit an “Operational Mistake” in Kenosha or is Facebook a Defective Product?

Family members of demonstrators killed in Kenosha have filed a lawsuit against Facebook, alleging a failure to remove a Facebook group event...

The Flavorful Kitchen – Pantry to the Rescue – Pasta al Tonno

It’s dinner time, everyone is hungry and you just got home...

Trump solves low vote-by-mail fraud rate by suggesting voter fraud

Trump decides to muddy the waters. Simple... The data show that vote-by-mail and absentee ballot voter fraud numbers are close to zero....

Recent Comments