- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Trump administration is using the emergency Defense Production Act for the first time Tuesday to allocate coronavirus test kits, said FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor. Here is how the federal is using the measure to combat the pandemic:

  • Produce 60,000 test kits
  • Contract for 500 million protective masks.
  • The move comes after President Trump said “millions” of surgical masks were being delivered to states by manufacturers voluntarily.
  • Under the 1950 law, federal agencies can require a company to reserve supplies in anticipation of a priority-rated order; require a company to stop producing a certain item; and specify the maximum amount of supplies authorized for specific use.
  • Democratic officials have been imploring Mr. Trump to use the law to order private companies to manufacture and deliver more ventilators, masks and other protective gear, to ease demand and reduce costs to states.

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