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Governors Consider Consortium to Skirt FEMA Dysfunction

  • Nurses protest shortages; states consider how to fill the gap
  • Stockpile is depleted as competition drains the marketplace
A medical worker prepares to unload new patients at a medical center in the Bronx, New York on April 7.
A medical worker prepares to unload new patients at a medical center in the Bronx, New York on April 7.Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images
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The nation’s governors say they can’t count on Washington to supply the medical equipment needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic, so they are making plans to band together and procure supplies themselves.

The idea comes as a result of a depleted Strategic National Stockpile and a Federal Emergency Management Agency that has repeatedly failed to get states what they need.