A federal government policy to combat the coronavirus is out. It suggests the policymakers last week that a pandemic “will last 18 months or longer”. This could incorporate ‘multiple waves’. And can result in extensive shortages that would sprain consumers and the nation’s health care arrangement.
The 100-page plan lays out a grim diagnosis for the spread of the virus. And outlines a response that would stimulate agencies beyond the government. It will probably employ special presidential powers to mobilize the private sector.
There were some “additional key federal decisions” in the policy. These options include invoking the Defense Production Act of 1950. It is a Korean War-era law that authorizes a president to take extraordinary action. It can force the American industry to fasten up the generation of crucial equipment and supplies. Like ventilators, respirators and protective gear for health care operators.
“Reductions of products may occur, affecting health care, emergency services. And other elements of decisive infrastructure,” the plan warns. “This includes possibly critical shortages of diagnostics, medical supplies, and staffing in some locations”. PPE refers to individual protective types of equipment.
The state and local governments will face more pressure. The plan states that will make it less reliable. Communication channels and other critical infrastructure will also face this type of strain. These pressures may also increase the difficulties of getting recent messages. And coordinating guidance to these jurisdictions directly.
The plan was a bit confusing. It was “For Official Use Only” and now is publically shared. Trump now is escalating the efforts to contain the spread of the virus. After weeks of playing down the importance of the pandemic, saying it would miraculously disappear. Trump is now shifting to a more somber tone during a news conference Friday announcing the national emergency.
The plan describes the coordination among agencies. And actions that in some cases have already been taken. Like urging schools to close and large events to cancel. But its review of the Defense Production Act came as lawmakers and others urged Trump to invoke its powers.
Other key resolutions are the options for the president include distributing medical supplies and equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile. Granting money to states to help them meet requirements for the coronavirus outbreak. And prioritizing the allocation of essential resources to focus on areas most in need.