From the LATimes newsletter thingie:
Where’s the U.S. Stockpile Going?
As the Trump administration depleted the national stockpile of medical supplies over the last month to fight the coronavirus, it sent hundreds of thousands of masks, respirators and other protective equipment to states with very small outbreaks, new records show.
That left medical workers in areas hit hardest by the pandemic, including New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Washington, hustling to find the supplies they needed with relatively little aid from the stockpile. Yet Hawaii, Montana and Nebraska, which each have had fewer than 500 recorded cases, each received more than 79,000 of the critically needed N95 masks.
If you read the article, you learn that hospitals in seven states have reported that the federal gubmint has been grabbing shipments of supplies
by the p***y, without providing any information about where their orders are going, or how medical workers are supposed to get what they need.
And the Vox tells us that “The government is distributing emergency Covid-19 supplies. But some states are losing out. Florida has received all the supplies it has asked for. But most states haven’t,” which sounds like patronage. Kiss his ass, you get help.
General Motors will build 30,000 ventilators for the national stockpile, in a contract issued under the Defense Production Act, but what happens to them after that probably depends on the ass-kissing. All is Well!
Lord Damp Nut has told states they’re on their own to procure equipment, and stepped in to prevent them from procuring it.
Also, the 4th Reich has been routing supplies from abroad into private companies:
This is remarkable. The US has set up an airbridge for PPE & med supplies to the US from abroad. But in answer to question from @cbsnews @weijia the Admiral explains that this is going through private companies, which explains why states are having to bid to get the stuff. pic.twitter.com/eO646wAeNF
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 3, 2020
…which seriously sounds like profiteering to me. So, you know, bidness as usual from Lord Damp Nut.