The United Arab Emirates and Get Us PPE successfully delivered over 275,000 pieces of PPE to over 100 facilities across the United States. It was a donation that took months of coordination at the highest levels. However, at the core of this donation was a simple gesture of goodwill, a team of dedicated volunteers, and a resilient spirit.
Over the course of the pandemic, the marketplace for vetted, medical-grade PPE has been very difficult to navigate, particularly for small and underserved communities with smaller procurement budgets. Counterfeit PPE and price gouging have been rife as demand surged past need, so much so that the Department of Justice announced the formation of a COVID-19 Fraud Task Force in May 2021.
While there is widespread agreement that students learn better in in-person settings, there is much less agreement about how to bring about this outcome in the face of unequal resources during a pandemic, especially since some schools lack the adequate PPE to reopen safely.
Get Us PPE data used in President Biden’s COVID plan shows urgent PPE needs, and is yet another indicator that the PPE crisis is not over.
Read more about Get Us PPE’s algorithm to equitably prioritize PPE distribution and co-founder Dr. Ranney’s ideas for more equitable COVID vaccine delivery.
The December Get Us PPE Shortage Index breaks down why the United States is still experiencing a critical PPE shortage with the rollout of the vaccine, the needs for PPE in community facilities, and the highest PPE requests by state.