The US’s means of defense were running out, and the US authorities almost completely exhausted the reserves that the National Strategic Reserve has. This was reported by Reuters, citing sources in the Ministry of internal security.
We are talking about protective masks, respirators, medical gloves, and dressing gowns. Due to dwindling inventory, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking for essential medical supplies available for purchase abroad. Suppliers in China and Malaysia are considered more closely.
The National Strategic Reserve of the United States has the largest stock of medicines and medical supplies in the country, which are used in emergencies. According to the Agency, as of March 18, 26 million medical masks and 12 million N95 type respirators were sent from the reserve to health care workers across the country.
On the night of March 31 to April 1, a Russian military plane with medical masks and equipment flew to the United States to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. On the eve of March 31, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that due to the severe epidemiological situation, Moscow offered Washington assistance in the form of medical equipment and protective equipment.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 189 thousand cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the United States. More than 4 thousand people died, and more than 7 thousand were cured.