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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

HHS/ASPR Strategic National Stockpile

The Strategic National Stockpile's role is to supplement state and local medical supplies and equipment during public health emergencies. The supplies, medicines, and devices for lifesaving care contained in the stockpile can be used as a short-term, stopgap buffer when the immediate supply of these materials may not be available or sufficient.

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.


Personal Protect Equipment (PPE)   SNS Vaccine Support

Stockpiled Ventalators     High-flow Nasal Cannulation

federal medical station     

Requesting Assets from the SNS    Deploying PPE and Other Medical Supplies

SNS 2.0 Next Generation     Frequently Asked Questions

  • This page last reviewed: February 24, 2021