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The scramble for PPE: ‘This country has never seen procurement like it is occurring now’

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has likened efforts to procure medical supplies right now to the ‘Wild West,’ and the feds are taking a whole-of-government approach to pull it off.

From right to left: PSPC Minister Anita Anand, Industry Minister Navdeep Bains, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos, and Health Minister Patty Hajdu are pictured addressing media in the West Block on March 20. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

From face masks, to medical gowns, testing kits, ventilators, and beyond, the federal government has been working to secure millions of pieces of medical and personal protective equipment needed in the fight against COVID-19 in a massive, cross-ministry and -jurisdictional collaborative effort that’s been described as “unprecedented” and “24/7” for those involved.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert is a deputy editor at The Hill Times.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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