c’Moronic But Consistent’: Outrage Over Trump Admin Giving PPE to Private Companies, Not States | Common Dreams News
Acording to Pritzker, President Donald Trump’s “Project Airbridge” transportation scheme that delivers personal protective equipment (PPE) and other needed medical supplies to the U.S. from manufacturers in China is interrupting what should be a straightforward policy of getting equipment to the places which need it the most.
“We’re bidding, unfortunately, for all of these items of equipment against the federal government and against the other states and against other countries, because what the White House has done is created—you know, they call this the air bridge, where they’re bringing stuff back from China to the United States, and then they’re delivering it to private companies in the United States, not to the states,” said Pritzker. “And they’re letting all of us bid against each other for those goods that are owned by the private companies.”
As Common Dreams has reported, shortages of PPE and other needed medical supplies have been a flashpoint of controversy as frontline healthcare workers demand better protection and equipment.
Project Airbridge, which is transporting the supplies to the U.S. with the coordination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is instead delivering the product to a network of private companies—which are exempt from antitrust regulations for the duration of their role in distribution, according to a Justice Department memo (pdf)—which then resell the goods at a profit.