Depleted National Stockpile Contributed to COVID PPE Shortage

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When President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, he became one of 7.4 million people in America infected by the coronavirus. That number includes around 1,000 health care workers who have died from the virus — some of whom were left without essential personal protective equipment, or PPE.

Why was the U.S. left scrambling for such critical supplies — and why do problems persist now, months into the pandemic?

A new investigative documentary from FRONTLINE, The Associated Press and the Global Reporting Centre offers some answers. Premiering Tuesday, Oct. 6 on PBS and online, America’s Medical Supply Crisis traces unheeded warnings and their deadly consequences.

“This is deplorable,” Ernest Grant, president of the American Nurses Association, says in the film. “When you stop and think that we send soldiers into battle with the equipment that they need. Yet we were asking nurses to do the

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