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We're working to ensure that every health care professional has the supplies they need to protect themselves so that they can protect all of us.

COVID-19 cases continue to rage across the country, but our healthcare workers don't have enough of the equipment that they need to protect themselves and care for their patients.

According to the American Nurses Association, 45% of its members reported presonal protective equipment (PPE) shortages at their facilities in May and 79% were asked to reuse masks.

To make matters worse, rather than coordinating the supply chain and getting materials directly to areas in need, the federal government is funneling supplies to private companies. And in some cases suppliers are charging outrageous prices. The result is that states, local governments and hospitals are competing against each other over supplies, and healthcare workers aren't getting what they need to protect themselves and save lives.

We need to ensure that every health care professional has the supplies they need to protect themselves so that they can protect all of us.

That's why we're calling on the U.S. Senate to immediately pass the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish a central, transparent system for procuring and distributing critical medical supplies directly to impacted areas, as a stand alone bill or as part of the next coronavirus stimulus package. The House of Representatives already included it in its latest coronavirus legislation.

To ensure swift passage, we’re organizing health professionals, public health experts, frontline workers and concerned citizens to throw their support behind this lifesaving bill. You can help by calling on your U.S. senator to support the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act.

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With cases on the rise, Congress should pass the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish a system for distributing critical medical supplies to impacted areas.