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Coronavirus Response: Teaming Up to Boost Supplies

By / Aug 12, 2020 (Manop Akesaphang/EyeEm/EyeEm)

NAM and Business Roundtable partnered to help states and the federal government obtain personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to care for COVID-19 patients.

Coronavirus Response • National Association of Manufacturers and Business Roundtable

Last spring, as states and the federal government scrambled to obtain critical personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies needed to care for COVID-19 patients, the National Association of Manufacturers and Business Roundtable partnered to locate supplies and alleviate shortages. The organizations encouraged their members to share information on medical supplies and equipment—including PPE and testing kits—through an online survey so they could report the data back to the federal government.

“Manufacturers in America are reigniting the ‘arsenal of democracy’ and mobilizing to help our nation overcome this historic crisis, and it is inspiring to see thousands of manufacturers stepping up to join the fight,” says NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.

The data they captured showed where existing supplies could be found and where manufacturing capacity could be tapped to address shortages nationwide. “Working with our members to identify excess inventories as well as additional manufacturing bandwidth is one way we can help those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. Our goal is to keep all Americans healthier and safer,” says Business Roundtable President and CEO Joshua Bolten.

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