Without wearing a face mask himself, President Donald Trump visited a mask distribution center in Pennsylvania on Thursday and announced plans to replenish the strategic medical device inventory in the U.S. that was depleted by the corona virus outbreak.
Trump, a Republican who will stand for re-election in November, has refused despite the government's instructions to the Americans to wear them and the new White House rules that employees must wear them at work, in which Wearing a public mask.
The president visited Owens & Minor Inc's distribution center, which, according to the White House, has sent millions of N95 masks, surgical gowns, and gloves to hospitals and surgery centers in the United States. Company officials wore masks.
Trump visited a mask manufacturing facility in Arizona last week when he wasn't wearing a face mask, even though he said he tried some backstage.
Pennsylvania is a political swing state that is wooed by both Republicans and Democrats in presidential elections. Though the event was organized by the White House on Thursday, it had campaign overtones with music similar to that at Trump’s rallies and a pejorative hint from the president of his expected democratic challenger, former vice president Joe Biden.
Trump accused the Obama administration of allowing inventory exhaustion. Trump has been in office for three years; The outbreak of the coronavirus hit the United States earlier this year.
Trump said his government would try to have three months' worth of supplies in reserve instead of one to three weeks.
"I am determined that America will be fully prepared for any future outbreaks that we hope will not occur," he said after his tour after his tour.
The president previously tried to downplay the possibility of the coronavirus returning in the fall, although doctors have found it very likely.
A senior government official told reporters on Thursday earlier that by the fall, the Trump administration would have 300 million N95 masks, the respiratory protective devices essential for protecting medical personnel in the fight against the deadly coronavirus, in US stocks by autumn wanted.
The official said the government ultimately hopes to replenish its strategic national pool, which had only 13 million N95 at the start of the outbreak, to a total of 1 billion.
The government is trying to support medical care to prepare for future outbreaks of coronavirus cases, as states are reopening nationwide after bans designed to slow the spread of the virus.
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