YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Congressman Tim Ryan announced proposed legislation that he said would bring changes to the production of highly-demanded medical supplies across the country.
Ryan discussed the legislation during a conference call on Tuesday.
He and Representative Elissa Slotkin want to combat hospitals competing against each other for medical supplies. He said the plan is to federalize the making and distributing of in-demand supplies for medical centers nationwide.
Congressman Ryan said there’s a need to protect the healthcare professionals who put their lives on the line.
Ryan is concerned states hit harder by the virus will take up too much of available medical supplies.
“Our first responders and health care workers are putting their lives on the line to protect our communities. We need to do our part and get them the supplies they need to do their jobs and keep themselves and their patients safe. We are already seeing shortages of vital medical supplies in communities across the country, which will only grow the longer we wait. This legislation will immediately increase production of vital resources like masks, gloves, surgical gowns and ventilators. We need to act now,” said Ryan.
Under the bill, the president would have to identify private sector capacity to help provide at least 500 million N95 respirators, 200,000 medical ventilators, 20 million face shields, 500 million pairs of gloves and 20 million surgical gowns.
The bill is called the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act — it’s planned to be issued to the House of Representatives in the coming days.
To see the entire conference call, watch the video above.