CNBC: New Administration Pushes to Buy More American Goods

President Joe Biden hasn’t been in the President’s office for a week and he is already pushing for the government to buy more American made goods. CNBC reported Monday that Biden announced that he would sign an executive order patching loopholes in existing ‘Buy American’ provisions (CNBC, 2021). This Order will begin Biden’s initiatives to increase the volume of manufacturing in the US that he often promised during his campaign trail.

 

Lower wages and weaker environmental standards have triggered the exodus of key manufacturing capabilities to China and other countries in recent decades, including medical equipment, resulting in critical gaps laid bare during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNBC, 2021) Click HERE or on the URL below to read the full story from CNBC

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/25/biden-pushes-elusive-buy-american-goal-with-new-federal-contract-guidelines-.html

The Demand for Higher Quality PPE Standards

Nurses are still struggling for access to adequate supplies for PPE. Not only are supplies shaky, but the quality of the protective equipment is also in question. Forbes also takes the conversation a step further by suggesting that the standards to protect healthcare workers by modernizing PPE standards. This article, written by Brent D. Lang, Chairman, President and CEO of Vocera Communications, Inc., argues that the standards for PPE currently in place are not doing enough to protect frontline workers. And the numbers suggest he isn’t wrong.

According to the CDC, more than 216,000 healthcare workers have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and 800 have died from the virus as of November 16, 2020. Sadly, more deaths are expected and feared. Responses in a survey of New York City medical residents revealed that 60% believed their personal protective equipment (PPE) was suboptimal. (Forbes, 2021)

“We need to take a battlefield approach and ensure those on the front lines have the essential tools and technologies needed to win the war on Covid-19.” Mr. Lang goes on to say legislative initiatives matter just as much. “And we need Congress to make greater commitments and investments now to empower workers today with available technology that will help save valuable time, PPE, and lives.” Read the full article below by clicking HERE or on the URL below:

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2020/12/22/protect-healthcare-workers-by-modernizing-ppe-standards/?sh=504166137d6b

Congress Passes Bill to Support American Made PPE

The Pilot News reported that Indiana Representative, Jackie Walorski (R-Ind), developed a bipartisan bill that passed unanimously in the House of Representatives on September 23rd. The new legislation will boost the production of American made PPE by overhauling the Strategic National Stockpile to reduce, and eventually end, the dependence on China for medical supplies.

Congresswoman Walorski worked diligently with Democratic Michigan Representatives Susan Brooks (D-Mich) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) to push write and pass the bill. Click HERE or the link below to read the full Story from Pilot News to digest how both sides of the aisle in Congress are working together to protect our frontline healthcare workers with quality protective equipment.

 

https://www.thepilotnews.com/news/house-passes-walorski-bill-to-boost-made-in-america-ppe/article_20e696ce-fdb3-11ea-82e9-431a4c636c9d.html