Protective Gear Shortages Threaten First Responders at War Against Coronavirus as New PPE Suppliers Step Up to Join The Fight.
22 April, 2020, Minato-ku, Tokyo-Lacking proper masks, gowns, and eye gear to treat an influx of coronavirus patients nationwide, local and regional first responders are facing the challenges of rationed care and inadequate supplies of personal protective equipment, putting lives at risk.
Seeking new ways to combat this dangerous trend
First responder units across the Midwest are beginning to source personal protective equipment, including medical-grade masks and KN95 and N95 masks, from international partners like ANNI Medical.
The decision comes after community spread of the coronavirus has crippled national, state, and local healthcare systems in the United States and around the world. Facing dangerous shortages of personal protective equipment that prevent the transmission of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases, first responder units are facing unprecedented challenges as they are forced to scale back emergency services to the detriment of their communities.
Impact on Local Supplies
In the town of Stewartville, Minnesota
The impacts of the coronavirus on local supplies of personal protective equipment have been immediately felt. Located just south of Rochester, Stewartville, some volunteer firefighters have been forced to suspend operations because they cannot get access to lifesaving PPE, including N95 masks, face shields, and goggles. When the pandemic first took root in the United States, the local department did not anticipate global supplies changing so rapidly, and they have since repeatedly struggled to source necessary supplies that protect their firefighters and the community they serve.
Disparate Impacts on local and Regional Communities
ANNI Medical provides sourcing opportunities for lifesaving personal protective equipment outside local or regional domestic supply chains. Effective partnerships with new suppliers around the world are proving vital as communities in the United States wage battles to contain the coronavirus and address its disparate impacts on local and regional communities serving bravely on the frontlines. Homemade protective equipment, or non-medical grade masks, are putting lives at risk and failing to meet the challenge.