Coronavirus Update: Northeast States Ban Together to Create Regional Supply of Medical Equipment

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There are over 3.5 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 248,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

Over 1.1 million of those cases are in the United States. And the U.S. has around 68,000 fatalities.

New York has 318,000 cases and 19,000 fatalities.

Spain has 217,000 cases and 25,000 deaths.

On Sunday, seven Northeast governors announced that they’re banning together to purchase medical equipment as a unit in hopes of avoid price gouging and too much demand for personal protective equipment and other medical supplies should the coronavirus returns in the fall.

The group includes New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

The reasoning for the join up goes back to the beginning of the pandemic when states were bidding against each other for essential supplies.

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York said that the states plan to buy around $5 billion in medical supplies collectively. Around $2 billion of that will go to New York, which--if you’re just looking at the numbers--has the hardest hit population next to the United States.

“[This] will make us more competitive in the international market place, and I believe it will save taxpayers money. I also believe it will help us actually get the equipment, because I have trouble still getting the equipment, and just buying the equipment,” said Cuomo in his daily briefing on the pandemic on Sunday.

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