The government has run out of free face masks, and TSA is struggling with shortages as a project to achieve more PPE goals
According to internal communications, a federal program that offers Americans free masks during the coronavirus pandemic is running out of facials.
It was also revealed that the TSA may be short on facials.
An internal document from the Department of Homeland Defense, or DHS, to other federal agencies noted that Project: America Strong, which provides free personal protective equipment or PPE to Americans, no longer had face masks.
The program’s website confirmed on Wednesday that demand for facial covers has “ exceeded supply. ”
The same internal document stated that the TSA also faced a possible shortage of masks.
The same internal document stated that the TSA also faced a possible shortage of masks. TSA agents wearing face masks are shown at Seattle-Tacoma Airport
The “TSA remains prone to shortages of critical PPE items caused by supply chain stress and unreliability, especially for surgical masks,” the internal document said, Yahoo News reported.
The revelations come after an effort by the Trump administration that brought face masks to the U.S. from abroad ended this week, federal officials said.
The administration’s Airbridge project would end with the last flight of personal protective equipment, or PPE, supplies arriving in Ohio on Tuesday.
Project Airbridge would end with the last flight of personal protective equipment or PPE supplies arriving in Ohio on Tuesday. An earlier shipment of PPE supplies provided by the program is shown upon arrival in Oregon
Despite new spikes in the pandemic after states reopened, government officials said they were confident the current offering was sufficient. However, they said they can still restart the program, CNN reports.
Masks and other personal protective equipment have been in short supply since the pandemic hit the American shores.
To date, there have been more than 2.6 million cases of the coronavirus in the US, blamed for more than 127,000 deaths.
Significant progress has been made in slowing and limiting the spread of the deadly flu-like virus across the country in former epicenters, including New York.
But the shortage of masks is because states that moved quickly to reopen after mandatory locks have seen new spikes in infection rates that have threatened the country’s reopening efforts.
Project: America Strong, a federal program that provided more than 346 million free masks to Americans, will no longer accept requests after the facials run out, the website said.
“As a result, we no longer accept new requests. We are currently assessing applications on hand and prioritizing delivery to support populations most susceptible to the disease, ‘the site explained.
The program, run by the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, warns that requests received may take 10 to 15 business days to “process and determine if your order can be fulfilled.”
An internal document from the Department of Internal Defense to other federal agencies noted that Project: America Strong, which provided free personal protective equipment to Americans, no longer had face covers. The website (photo) confirmed the claim on Wednesday
An HHS spokesperson confirmed the deficit, saying Project America intended to distribute masks as part of a “multiple approach to reopen US economic activity while limiting the spread of COVID-19,” Yahoo News reports.
HHS has distributed more than 346.4 million coverage under Project: America Strong to state, tribal, territorial, local, and federal agencies, as well as the transportation industry, long-term care institutions, dialysis centers, and other critical infrastructure industries, as well as faith-based and volunteer organizations. ‘
A TSA spokesperson said the service “has sufficient PPE” following a request to comment on a report in Yahoo News about the potential shortage of agents working at national airports.
Trump administration officials also said they were confident in the nation’s supply of personal protective equipment after the end of “ Project Airbridge ” this week.
The program, which began when the US faced severe shortages of personal protective equipment and was overseen by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, organized about 249 flights to bring in supplies, a spokesman said CNN.
Trump administration officials said they were confident in the nation’s supply of personal protective equipment after the end of “ Project Airbridge ” this week. The program started when the US was experiencing severe shortages of personal protective equipment and was overseen by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law (photo)
FEMA, the lead agency on the flights, said a restart of the program will depend on state data on the coronavirus pandemic and the direction of federal COVID-19 experts.
The program accelerated the delivery of millions of supplies to the US as the government praised its efforts to meet the needs of personal protective equipment across the country.
However, Kushner had no direct experience of such work, and the program received much criticism because stocks were difficult to track upon arrival.
Senate Democrats Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Chuck Schumer of New York have called on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, or PRAC, to investigate the program.
They claim the initiative was fraught with “delays, incompetence, confusion, and secrecy.”