The Trump administration purchased $594 million in personal protective equipment since June, in a look at how the Defense Department has replenished the Strategic National Stockpile since assuming that responsibility.
The Defense Logistics Agency, a subset of the Defense Department, took over purchasing personal protective equipment like masks and gloves for the stockpile in May. The Federal Emergency Management Agency bought those supplies for the stockpile between March and May when it was the primary agency in charge of the federal response to Covid-19.
The Defense Logistics Agency bought 4.6 billion gloves, 6.69 million goggles, 4.8 million face shields, and at least 21 million surgical masks for the stockpile, spokesman Patrick Mackin said in a statement.
The Trump administration has been taking steps to increase production and purchasing of masks, gloves, N95 respirators, and other equipment while the Department of Health and Human Services is working on a plan to restructure and resupply the stockpile.