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Federal Medical Aid to States Falls Short, House Report Says

  • Trump says FEMA won’t compete; governors say they are outbid
  • A global hunt for masks, gowns, gloves, tests and ventilators
A ventilator stands at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, March 23.
A ventilator stands at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, March 23.Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg
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The federal government has failed to distribute enough personal protective equipment and medical supplies to states reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a document released Wednesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

“The Administration is leaving states to fend for themselves, to scour the open market for these scarce supplies, and to compete with each other and federal agencies in a chaotic, free-for-all bidding war,” Representative Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, said in a statement.