March 19, 2020 / 12:44 PM / in 17 days

Pelosi calls on Trump to speed production of critical medical equipment

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on President Donald Trump to speed up mass production of medical and protective equipment using the Defense Production Act, citing shortages in the country.

“Right now, shortages of critical medical and personal protective equipment are harming our ability to fight the coronavirus epidemic, endangering frontline workers and making it harder to care for those who fall ill,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“The President must immediately use the powers of the Defense Production Act to mass produce and coordinate distribution of these critical supplies, before the need worsens and the shortages become even more dire.” (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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