“We remain participants in an unnecessary, chaotic, 50-state scramble to secure badly needed PPE,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wrote.
If the national stockpile is not replenished by September, the scientists warned that the U.S. stands to repeat the “extraordinary shortage of supplies” experienced in March and April.
The Trump administration’s failure to stock up on masks and other PPE before the pandemic has left front-line medical workers at risk.
“We can work together to provide the things that we need to allow our healthcare system to have the capacity it needs to fight this fight,” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said.
The new report comes just a day before health officials confirmed that two people died with the coronavirus weeks before the first reported death, thus underscoring the need for widespread testing.
An account published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals the lengths American hospital systems and states have had to go to in order to try and prevent the Trump administration from commandeering life-saving medical supplies.
“I thought this would be a good way to help contribute to the cause, so to speak, so I started sewing some masks.”