New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during his daily press briefing on May 1, 2020 in Albany, New York.
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New York will require all hospitals to build a 90-day supply of personal protective equipment to prepare for another outbreak after states dealt with widespread equipment shortages while battling the coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday.
Cuomo said efforts to procure masks from China amid state competition for medical supplies were “inefficient and ineffective” and warned against dependence on China for basic equipment.
“That we have to go to China for the PPE? I mean think about that — you couldn’t even get it in this nation,” Cuomo said at a press briefing. “We started making our own in this state.”
“That’s a national security issue to me,” Cuomo said. “You have to be able to get masks and gowns and whatever medical equipment you need so this nation can run a health-care system in the middle of an emergency.”