As states have scrounged for supplies of N95 masks and other critical personal protective equipment, federal authorities have repeatedly said the state-by-state allocations from the Strategic National Stockpile were made on a per capita basis.
This is not the case.
My analysis of the data is in today’s Portland Press Herald. Teaser: it’s not based on political loyalty or apparent pandemic exposure either, but the federal government is unwilling to explain what logic was in fact used.
Maine’s Congressional delegation is largely outraged by the lack of transparency, except for the one Republican of the four, Sen. Susan Collins, whose office wouldn’t answer questions about it.
Details in the story.
I wrote on another, distinctly handled, federal stockpile issue last week: the allocation of ventilators.