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Harvard doctor says limited coronavirus supplies due to lack of centralized standards

Posted On: Mar 31, 2020   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

The lack of personal protective equipment and coronavirus testing supplies that continues to impact the country is due in part to a delayed federal response, the large size of the nation and limited central command, a Harvard doctor said.
“We have no way to centralize things in this country short of declaring martial law,” said Dr. Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology and assistant professor in immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard.
“There's little ability for a central command unit to pool all the resources from around the country,” said Mina in a Tuesday afternoon livestream with The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Mina said when it comes to testing, the U.S. lags behind other countries due to its large size compared to the number of labs available to perform tests.
“We are very fragmented and what that means is every lab that has wanted to get this test up and running has had to kind of start from scratch and do it on their own,” said Mina.
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