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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HHS/ASPR Strategic National Stockpile

Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Strategic National Stockpile's role is to supplement state and local supplies during public health emergencies. Many states have products stockpiled, as well. The supplies, medicines, and devices for life-saving care contained in the stockpile can be used as a short-term stopgap buffer when the immediate supply of adequate amounts of these materials may not be immediately available.

As part of the ongoing response, the SNS has deployed personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 respirators, surgical and face masks, face shields, gloves, and disposable gowns, to help prevent COVID-19 transmission in all 50 states, the nation’s four largest cities, and U.S. territories and ventilators to areas in need. The SNS is also working with its partners across the federal government to coordinate logistics operations in order to leverage all available resources to support the COVID-19 response.

Stockpiled Ventalators Procurement of N95 Respirators or Other Surgical Masks Requesting Assets from the SNS Tribal Access to the SNSDeploying PPE and Other Medical Supplies
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  • This page last reviewed: May 29, 2020