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FEMA Advisory: COVID-19 Daily Briefing Points (May 16, 2020)

FEMA ADVISORY – May 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Whole-of-America Response

Attached you will find today’s FEMA Daily Briefing Points for the Whole-of-America response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These briefing points include Topline Messages, as well as information By the Numbers; Supply Chain Task Force; FEMA and Department of Health and Human Services Response; and Guidance from Federal Agencies.

Topline messaging includes:

  • On May 15, President Trump announced Operation Warp Speed. The goal of this national program is to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.
    • Operation Warp Speed is a public-private partnership between components of HHS, the Department of Defense, private firms and other federal agencies.
    • The program aims to have substantial quantities of a safe and effective vaccine available for Americans by January 2021.
  • On May 14, President Trump announced continued efforts to ensure a fully stocked, resilient national stockpile and the strong domestic industrial base needed to confront COVID-19.
    • These efforts will include a plan to restructure the Strategic National Stockpile, implanting lessons learned from recent pandemics.
    • Additionally, the President signed an executive order providing authority to ensure America is producing critical goods necessary to build up our strategic stockpiles and reduce dependency on foreign supplies.
  • As of May 15, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 83.3 million N95 respirators, 133.7 million surgical masks, 10.6 million face shields, 23.1 million surgical gowns, and 989 million gloves.
  • FEMA has procured and delivered 4.1 million swabs and 2.3 million media so far in the month of May. In support of the White House Task Force’s testing initiative, FEMA is supporting the procurement of specimen collection supplies to supplement the supplies states and healthcare providers are procuring from the private market.  
  • As of May 15, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 10.4 million samples.
    • As of May 14, the FDA has issued 98 individual emergency use authorizations (EAU) for test kit manufacturers and laboratories, including 12 antibody tests and 1 antigen test.

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