Without this critical assessment, the government doesn’t know what to buy. Trump still hasn’t done it.

“They have not done this assessment," said a former administration official. "It is shocking. It is malpractice.”

Will Trump be able to get emergency medical supplies fast enough?


President Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act to get medical equipment to hospitals in the fight against the coronavirus.

But don’t expect new masks, ventilators, gloves and goggles to show up in the field right away.

The Trump administration has yet to complete a comprehensive assessment, despite weeks of discussion about using the act to help prevent the medical system from being overrun, according to current and former administration officials. Even Trump said on Wednesday that he’s in no hurry to order the supplies.

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