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Pentagon spends a number of hundred million {dollars} to struggle pandemic

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Electronics Technician 2nd Class Hao Lienh, assigned to Commander Activity Power 56, stands watch on a Mark VI patrol boat earlier than a weapons sustainment train within the Arabian Gulf, April 16, 2020.

Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kory Alsberry | US Navy

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has opened a colossal conflict chest to finance its struggle in opposition to the lethal coronavirus.

The Pentagon has procured greater than 4.5 million N95 respirator masks, 13.7 million non-medical and surgical masks, 94.6 million examination gloves, 2.5 million isolation and surgical robes. The company has additionally begun supply of greater than 7.Three million non-medical, material face masking to the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. army installations in addition to different Division of Protection group.

The Pentagon’s logistics arm has additionally ordered 8,000 ventilators for use by Well being and Human Providers and the Division of Protection.

The Protection Logistics Company, which manages the Pentagon’s world provide chain, has executed 6,036 contract actions with $667.Three million in obligations for the coronavirus effort. Of the $667 million, roughly $628 million was allotted to supporting FEMA and the Division of Well being and Human Providers.

The Pentagon’s efforts started on the night of April 10, when the Division of Protection acquired approval from the White Home Activity Power to execute the primary coronavirus venture beneath the Protection Manufacturing Act Title 3.

A Paratrooper assigned to the first Brigade Fight Staff, 82nd Airborne Division, prepares for a Airborne Operation at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Might 7.

Spc. Hubert Delany III | US Military

The following day, the Pentagon invested $133 million to extend home manufacturing of N95 masks by greater than 39 million inside 90 days.

“The elevated manufacturing will make sure the U.S. Authorities will get devoted long run industrial capability to fulfill the wants of the nation,” wrote U.S. Air Power Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a Protection Division spokesman, in an announcement.

The $133 million for N95 masks was divvied up between three corporations: 3M, O&M Halyward and Honeywell. The lion’s share of the cash, $76 million, went to 3M to provide 78 million items inside six months.

U.S. Military Spc. Kinnis White, a Soldier assigned to the Ohio Nationwide Guard’s HHC 1-148th Infantry Regiment – 37th Infantry Brigade Fight Staff, inspects and finalizes meals containers earlier than public distribution at First United Methodist Church in Bowling Inexperienced, Ohio, Might 1, 2020.

Senior Airman Kregg York | U.S. Air Nationwide Guard

Final month, the Pentagon awarded a $415 million contract for 60 Battelle Memorial Institute Vital Care Decontamination Programs, that may decontaminate as much as 80,000 used N95 respirators per system per day. The system is predicted to enabling masks reuse for as much as 20 instances. 

“All 60 programs will probably be out there by early Might for prioritization and distribution by FEMA and HHS. As soon as all are delivered, these 60 items will enable 4.Eight million masks to be sterilized per day, nearly 34 million per week,” the Pentagon wrote in an announcement.

Final week, the Pentagon introduced it should make investments $75.5 million, beneath the Protection Manufacturing Act Title 3, to extend swab manufacturing by 20 million monthly beginning in Might. 

Puritan Medical Merchandise snagged the multi-million greenback contract on April 29 to finance a brand new manufacturing facility able to doubling its present month-to-month output of 20 million to 40 million swabs. 

Sailors assigned to Activity Power 75.5 put together to carry a tent throughout development of a 150-bed expeditionary medical facility at Naval Base Guam.

Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julio Rivera | US Navy

The army’s U.S. Northern Command, which is liable for the Pentagon’s coronavirus efforts, has deployed roughly 13,700 folks, together with 2,400 medical personnel. Moreover, the Navy’s two hospital ships, the USNS Mercy and the USNS Consolation, had been deployed to Los Angeles and New York Metropolis to alleviate native hospitals.

Presently, greater than 46,500 members of the Nationwide Guard are supporting the coronavirus response on the route of state governors. The U.S. Military Corps of Engineers is executing practically 40 FEMA tasks totaling $1.Eight billion with 1,109 corps personnel deployed.

As of Thursday, the coronavirus has sickened 7,702 folks throughout the Division of Protection and killed 27, in response to figures offered by the Pentagon.

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