Nada Sanders in CNN: Protective equipment costs increase over 1,000% amid competition and surge in demand
by Daniella Diaz, Geneva Sands and Cristina Alesci, CNN
The cost of personal protective equipment is skyrocketing — more than 1,000% in some cases — as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
The federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile has nearly emptied and states have been left to find PPE supplies on their own. The surge in demand has left importers, suppliers and purchasers scrambling. And price gouging has exacerbated the problem.