Warren Says Trump Admin Is Preventing States from Obtaining Coronavirus Equipment: They’re Doing ‘Worse Than Nothing’


Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted her help of state Governor Charlie Baker Thursday after a press convention through which Baker mentioned makes an attempt to buy medical gear for the state’s makes an attempt to quell the coronavirus have been “enormously frustrating.”

Baker instructed President Donald Trump on a convention name in March that Massachusetts had been outbid on orders for the gear by the federal authorities. Trump had suggested state governors to make use of their very own established provide chains to buy the objects.

“We do like you going out, seeing what you can get, if you can get it faster,” Trump instructed Baker. “Price is always a component of that also, maybe that’s why lost to the feds. I’ll tell you, that’s probably why.”

Baker described his makes an attempt to obtain wanted objects akin to face masks, ventilators and respirators as “an incredibly messy thicket.”

“We now have other orders that are outstanding that are probably quote/unquote confirmed,” Baker instructed reporters Thursday, “but we have literally gotten to the point where our position is until the thing shows up here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it doesn’t exist.”

“I’m telling you people are spending hours and hours and hours trying to get this stuff here for exactly that reason,” Baker continued. “Our first responders, our health care workers, everybody deserves to have that gear. And I’m telling you, we’re killing ourselves trying to make it happen.”

According to latest information, over 25,000 folks have been examined for coronavirus in Massachusetts with 2,417 of these checks being confirmed as optimistic.

[email protected] Baker is right to be angry,” former Democratic presidential candidate Warren tweeted Thursday. “The Trump administration is doing WORSE than nothing–it’s actively preventing states like Massachusetts from obtaining necessary equipment. These failures are resulting in a public health catastrophe.”

.@MassGovernor Baker is true to be offended. The Trump administration is doing WORSE than nothing – it’s actively stopping states like Massachusetts from acquiring crucial gear. These failures are leading to a public well being disaster. https://t.co/WfVrows0pi https://t.co/qF5SrgYBzG

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 26, 2020

Along with Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey, Warren penned a letter to Trump on Wednesday referring to the scarcity of crucial medical gear in Massachusetts on account of the Trump administration’s “bungled” response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Massachusetts health care providers and public health leaders are doing everything they can to stem this crisis and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak,” the letter learn partly. “But you and your Administration have failed them at every turn.”

“Your multitude of failures has resulted in an unimaginable economic collapse and a public health catastrophe, in Massachusetts and nationwide,” the letter added. “On behalf of the American people, you must do better.”

A spokesperson from Warren’s workplace instructed Newsweek that the White House has not responded to the letter. Newsweek reached out to Senator Markey’s workplace for remark however didn’t obtain a response in time for publication.

Warren mentioned Thursday in a post published on Medium that coronavirus testing within the U.S. should be elevated.

“We need more tests to know who is safe to go back to work and not spread the virus to people around them,” Warren wrote. “Exposing more people to the virus and causing them to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 is a moral failure as well as an economic one.”

Chief amongst Warren’s strategies was Trump using the powers inherent inside the Defense Production Act (DPA) to “spur the development and allocation of tests, the raw materials necessary to produce those tests, and the protective equipment necessary for health care professionals to administer them.”

Under the DPA, the federal authorities can pressure U.S. producers to construct medical gear for the combat in opposition to coronavirus. Although he has been requested by lawmakers to make use of the DPA, Trump has not finished so.

“The Defense Production Act is a wonderful thing,” Trump mentioned at a Thursday briefing, “but I just haven’t had to use it.”

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  • Clean palms regularly with cleaning soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
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Medical recommendation

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  • Note any latest contact with others and journey particulars to offer to authorities who can hint and forestall unfold of the illness.
  • Stay updated on COVID-19 developments issued by well being authorities and comply with their steering.

Mask and glove utilization

  • Healthy people solely have to put on a masks if caring for a sick individual.
  • Wear a masks if you’re coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are efficient when utilized in mixture with frequent hand cleansing.
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  • The COVID-19 virus can nonetheless be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.

The graphic under, supplied by Statista, illustrates the distribution of COVID-19 circumstances around the globe as of March 26 at 6 a.m.

Warren Says Trump Admin Is Preventing States from Obtaining Coronavirus Equipment: They're Doing 'Worse Than Nothing'
A graphic supplied by Statista reveals the worldwide unfold of the brand new coronavirus as of March 26. More than half 1,000,000 have been , over 120,000 of whom have recovered and practically 23,000 of whom have died. STATISTA Statista
Warren Says Trump Admin Is Preventing States from Obtaining Coronavirus Equipment: They're Doing 'Worse Than Nothing'
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren mentioned Thursday that the Trump adminstration was “actively preventing” states from getting medical gear through the coronavirus disaster. Amanda Sabga/AFP/Getty