“When state, local, tribal and territorial stakeholders request federal assistance to support their response efforts,” he continued, “the stock ensures that the right drugs and supplies get to those who need them most. in case of emergency. He went on to say that the stock “contains enough supplies to respond to several large-scale emergencies simultaneously. “
But after the revisions, first noticed by journalist Laura Bassett, the website said on Friday that the reserve’s role was to “supplement national and local supplies during public health emergencies.”
“Many states also have products in stock,” he said.
“The supplies, drugs and life-saving devices in the stock,” added the site, “may be used as a short-term temporary buffer when immediate supplies of these materials may not be immediately available.” . “
The explosive growth of the virus in many cities in the past two weeks has made it clear that the United States has not followed the path of places like Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong, which have so far maintained the relatively contained epidemics. And the country has yet to see the number of new cases stabilize, like Italy.
Several scientists have said it is too early to make foolproof statements about whether social distance has a powerful effect. In a few cities that acted early, including New York, San Francisco and Seattle, new reported cases have started to slow, which gives some optimism about how the controls are working.
“The growth rate in New York is slowing. We have evidence that the measures we put in place two or three weeks ago could have an effect, “said Jeffrey Shaman, professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University. The Seattle and San Francisco data, he said, show “they slowed it down in places.”