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Illinois official: We should not have to “compete with our own allies” for supplies

Illinois state officials are frustrated with the federal government’s response and states’ ability to get much needed supplies in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza said she sent someone from her staff to a McDonald’s with a check for $3.4 million to pay a middle man to get masks twice.
“This is what we resorted to as a state. It feels like you’re almost doing a sketchy drug deal on the road, when in fact you’re trying to save people’s lives,” Mendoza told Anderson Cooper.
She said states should not have to compete with other states for supplies. The absence of coherent guidelines from the White House has created a battle among states and hospitals, which have been hooked into bidding wars over key provisions to combat the pandemic.
“We shouldn’t be in a situation where we are left to compete with our own allies, but that’s essential what’s happening in the absence of the federal leadership,” Mendoza said.
Mendoza said the federal government promised the state “tens of thousands” of pieces of personal protection equipment and tests, but Illinois only received about 3% of what they asked for.
“It would be nice to have a coordinated federal response to this crisis, and it’s just a little too late. They could have done so much more so much earlier. It’s a shame,” she said.
Illinois has 12,264 cases of coronavirus and 308 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.