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What is the Defense Production Act, and why is President Trump getting pressure to use it to fight coronavirus?

By The Washington Post  
   March 20, 2020

Ventilators. Masks. Gowns. Gloves. Swabs. Health-care equipment large and small — all lifesaving — is in extremely short supply as American hospitals prepare to be overwhelmed by the coronavirus. There’s a national stockpile of medical equipment for such emergencies, and Congress just gave the government money to buy more. But health officials are warning that that is not enough.

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