Portman, Peters Seek Firsthand Accounts of Challenges to Secure PPE and other Medical Supplies in Early Months of COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of their ongoing oversight efforts of federal pandemic preparedness and the COVID-19 response, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are seeking firsthand accounts of efforts to secure personal protective equipment and other critical medical supplies during the first half of 2020. 

To help examine reports of fraud, exploitation, and faulty equipment and medical supplies, Portman and Peters invite health care providers, state and local governments, first responders, and others to share information about vendors, counterfeit medical products, price-gouging, or other challenges obtaining supplies during the response. The information received will help inform the senators’ bipartisan oversight of the federal pandemic response, and support their efforts to strengthen U.S. medical supply chains, improve emergency preparedness, highlight new and successful supply chain methods, and prevent bad actors from taking advantage of future national crises. 

Individuals can report their firsthand accounts to the senators by providing their information here