The demand for Personal Protective Equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. And with experts saying that we are about to enter the most challenging months of the pandemic – lawmakers are calling on Congress to step up and use the Defense Production Act to make more PPE in America and nationalize distribution of it.

“The demand has been unprecedented throughout this process. It would have been almost impossible to predict the use rates that we would experience as a result of a global and worldwide pandemic,” Jeffrey Flaks, president and CEO of Hartford Healthcare, said.

Hartford Healthcare has spent $28 million on PPE over nine months. Last year, they spent $3.7 million on PPE during the same time period. Flaks called for the creation of a national stockpile.

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