Collins Urges Trump Administration to Ban Exports on Medical Supplies Needed to Fight COVID—19

Mar 24, 2020
Press Release

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to impose a temporary ban on all exports of critical medical supplies necessary to American hospitals as they fight the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. This request comes after hearing from a number of hospitals who have struggled to obtain medical supplies due to distributor policies that fail to prioritize domestic orders. 

“In recent days, I have become aware of the struggle of some hospitals to obtain ordered medical supplies due to distributor policies that prioritize orders from other countries,” Collins wrote. “While I understand that distributors wish to fulfill their international orders, it is vital that we ensure American healthcare workers have the supplies and equipment they need to reduce spread of coronavirus and overcome this pandemic. As we have seen, even a few days can save lives and make a difference in our battle to control the coronavirus pandemic.”

Germany, France, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and India have recently imposed similar bans on the export of supplies such as masks, respirators, and pharmaceutical products. 

“Each day, our doctors, nurses, pharmacists, first responders, and others in the medical community are taking incredible risks and making sacrifices to stop the spread of coronavirus,” Collins continued. “We must do what we can to help them, and, right now, they need medical equipment.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.