Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted her support for state governor Charlie Baker Thursday after a press conference in which Baker said efforts to buy medical equipment for the country’s efforts to quell the corona virus had been “very frustrating.”
Baker told President Donald Trump on a conference call in March that Massachusetts had lost an order for equipment by the federal government. Trump has advised state governors to use their own supply chains to buy goods.
“We like you going out, seeing what you can get, if you can get it faster,” Trump told Baker. “Price is always a component of that too, maybe that’s why it’s inferior to the FBI. I’ll tell you, maybe that’s why.”
Baker described his efforts to obtain necessary items such as face masks, ventilators and respirators as “a very messy shrub.”
“We now have another extraordinary order that may be quoted / not quoted,” Baker told reporters on Thursday, “but we have really gotten to the point where we are until it appears here at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” he said. . there is no. “
“I said you spent hours trying to get these items here for that reason,” Baker continued. “Our first respondent, our health care worker, everyone has the right to have that equipment. And I say to you, we kill ourselves to make it happen.”
According to recent data, more than 25,000 people have been tested for the corona virus in Massachusetts with 2,417 of these tests confirmed as positive.
“@MassGovernor Baker is right to be angry,” former Democratic presidential candidate Warren tweeted on Thursday. “The Trump administration is doing worse than nothing – it is actively preventing countries like Massachusetts from getting the necessary equipment. This failure resulted in a public health disaster.”
Along with Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey, Warren wrote a letter to Trump on Wednesday referring to the shortage of medical equipment needed in Massachusetts as a result of Trump’s “careless” 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 reads partially. “But you and your Government have disappointed them at every opportunity.”
“Many of your failures have resulted in unimaginable economic collapse and public health disasters, in Massachusetts and throughout the country,” the letter added. “On behalf of the American people, you must do better.”
A spokesman from Warren’s office told Newsweek that the White House had not yet responded to the letter. Newsweek reached Senator Markey’s office to comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Warren said Thursday in a post published in Medium that coronavirus testing in the US must be increased.
“We need more tests to find out who is safe to go back to work and not spread the virus to people around them,” Warren writes. “Exposing more people to the virus and causing them to be hospitalized or die from COVID-19 is a moral and economic failure.”
Warren’s main suggestion is that Trump uses the power inherent in the Defense Production Act (DPA) to “spur the development and allocation of tests, the raw materials needed to produce these tests, and the protective equipment needed for health care professionals to manage them.”
Under the DPA, the federal government can force U.S. producers to build medical equipment for the fight against the corona virus. Although he has been asked by lawmakers to use DPA, Trump has not done so.
“The Defense Production Act is extraordinary,” Trump said at a briefing on Thursday, “but I don’t have to use it.”
Suggestions of the World Health Organization to avoid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Cleanliness guide
- Clean hands as often as possible with soap and water, or rub alcohol-based hands.
- Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing; when treating sick people; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands look dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
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Use of masks and gloves
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- Learn how to wear, remove and properly dispose of a mask. Clean hands after removing the mask.
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- Regular hand washing is more effective than catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
- The COVID-19 virus can still be caught on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.
The graph below, provided by Statista, illustrates the distribution of COVID-19 cases throughout the world on March 26 at 6am.
A graph provided by Statista shows the global spread of the new corona virus on March 26. More than half a million people have suffered, more than 120,000 of them have recovered and nearly 23,000 of them have died. STATIC
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Thursday that the Trump administration was “actively preventing” states from getting medical equipment during the coronavirus crisis.
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