The Defense Production Act (DPA) and COVID-19

The United States faces drug and medical supply scarcities due to disrupted supply chains and increased demand.

In response, the President may exercise emergency authorities under the Defense Production Act of 1950 to address supply shortages and economic development impacts.

During a press conference on March 18, 2020, the President indicated that he would invoke the DPA to address domestic essential goods and materials shortages caused by the pandemic.

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