A US government agency, The Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), has allocated $449,000 for hazmat suits in response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report.
The federal organization states that its mission is to protect Americans and save lives from 21st century health security threats which in this case, is the COVID-19 disease that’s already plagued New York, Washington State, California and more.
It is also revealed that the ASPR filed an order for $56,000 with McKesson Medical-Surgical and a $393,000 order with a company who sells the protective gear from $10 to $4,000 an item, Grainger Industrial Supply.
The report notes that, while the ASPR is currently stockpiling the coveralls, the office is most-known for purchasing relief measures like custodial services, hand-washing stations, porta-potties, and public transportation.
While other government offices, like the Department of Veteran’s Affairs dropped nearly $212,000 on relief of the virus, the government agency has reportedly spent over $3.8 million since February 11.
Also, the CDC, who’s being sued over the virus in San Antonio, TX, spent about $116,000 for lab supplies, themselves.