HHS Researching Ways to Expand Production of Gloves, Gowns

HHS Researching Ways to Expand Production of Gloves, Gowns

HHS is also investigating ways to expand the production of raw materials needed to make these products.

Rather than requesting specific supplies, the effort focuses on expanding the entire industry. The requests are described as “market research.”

Background: Medical gowns and surgical gloves were some of the hardest products to find during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

U.S. demand for gowns was nearly double the supply in March 2020, according to a Congressional Research Service report. In 2020, glove production capacity was only 60% of global demand, according to a U.S. International Trade Commission report.

Industrial area at the Ipoh outskirts, Malaysia.

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